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Vital to have a good social circle as you age


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Robust social networks can protect against depression in older adults.

"Involvement in the community—through clubs, charities, or churches—best ways for older people to grow their social network" - Reed Reynolds,MSU.

Layers of social connection and impacts on functioning in older adults were examined.

“Depending on a person’s social network, we do see compensation”.

“People without spouses or romantic partners tend to build larger interpersonal networks."

Having a partner is important for mental heath but not in elderly.

Higher risk of partner loss, less opportunity for making a new partner are the possible causes.

Study has significance in the pandemic - elderly are losing a partner & experiencing more isolation.

Research by Michigan State University(MSU) published in Psychology and Aging.

Community involvement might be protective against depression in the elderly

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Public land-grant research university in East Lansing, Michigan


Monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the American Psychological Association


Doctoral Researcher at Michigan State University