Study reveals benefits of social life in retirement

Staying socially engaged after retirement is associated with a longer lifespan and better quality of life, science news website Stat News reports. Researchers analysed the social lives of 424 people in England in the first six years after they retired. For every social group such as book clubs or church groups that they stopped attending, there was an associated 10% drop in their quality of life ratings after six years, compared to people still working, even after controlling for sociodemographic variables, according to the findings published in BMJ Open. The findings not only identified a new locus for retirement research but also suggested a new avenue for practical intervention, the researchers said.

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