Our connections with family and friends and our positive interactions with other people make our “seasoned” years and the later decades of life more interesting and fulfilling. Research has shown that these relationships are also good for our physical and mental health as we age. They may even help us live longer. Social isolation in later years can have a negative impact on our ability to continue functioning at our highest potential. Staying connected with people and remaining socially involved can help shield us from the emotional stress of isolation and loneliness. The really great news is that we can strengthen our existing bonds, build new relationships, and discover new ways of becoming socially engaged at any time of life.
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