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More and more medical studies are showing having friendships is an important factor in maintaining your health as you age. Having meaningful human connections has a positive effect on both your physical and mental health.

Aetna stresses the importance of seniors making the effort to maintain and build new friendships to avoid loneliness that can adversely affect health outcomes. Its medical staff notes that those managing chronic health conditions like COPD, diabetes, or congestive heart failure do better with improved mental health by having friends.

Friendships provide motivation for people to stay active. It’s simple to make new connections by taking initiatives such as volunteering, attending educational or artistic classes, joining a gym, or becoming part of a faith community. Social media is another way to find new friends or reconnect with former friends and colleagues. Part-time jobs also are helpful in meeting new people and staying engaged in the community.

Money Allows You to Socialize More

More money can help you do more things with friends. That’s why Council of Seniors is determined to get Congress to pass The SAVE Benefits Act. This legislation is needed to make up for annual Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLAs) that have been inadequate in recent years. If it passes, $581 will be returned to seniors.

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