- Reviewed by Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor, and
- Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor at Large, Harvard Women's Health Watch
Our physical health likely isn't the only factor that contributes to how long we live. Social aspects of older adults' lives may influence their longevity, a new study suggests.
In the Harvard-led study, published online Feb. 7, 2023, by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers interviewed 8,250 adults ages 65 and older. Within the next four years, 22% died. The researchers found that eight of 183 possible factors more strongly predicted participants' deaths within those four years. Those factors included feeling isolated; meeting with their children less than once a year and not being active in their lives; living in an unclean neighborhood; feeling little control over their financial situation; not working for pay; not volunteering; and being treated with less courtesy or respect.
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About the Author
Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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Toni Golen, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing; Contributor
Hope Ricciotti, MD, Editor at Large, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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