Do single people of retirement age, who often communicate with friends and neighbors and get them to a variety of support significantly reduced the likelihood of death from stroke and other diseases.
«social isolation for older people is extremely unfavorable in many respects.Support others improves the results of treatment not only of stroke but also of many other diseases, "- says the author of the new study, Dr. Carey, Joe Clark of the University of Minnesota.
The uniqueness of the new study was that the researchers considered such diseases as stroke, not on the individual level and at the community level, to assess its impact on the outcome of the disease.
To do this, scientists examined about 5.8 thousand. Older people who lived in three neighboring districts suburb of Chicago.The average age of study participants was 75 years.About 60% of the volunteers were women.During th
team of scientists conducted a survey of their wards for relations with the neighbors.The researchers deduced conditional indicator, called "neighbor's affection."To define it, they asked the pensioners following questions: how often and how long they communicate with their friends and neighbors (in the yard or on the street), if they cared about each other, for example to help it work in the garden, looking after grandchildren or pets,Do go to the store to shop.Also, the researchers were interested in whether the neighbors know each other by name and call up when they encounter any problems.
For each item on the calculation system "neighbor attachment" probability of death from stroke was reduced by 53%.The frequency of stroke did not depend on favorable neighborly relations, but survival - depended.
results of their study, the researchers published in the journal Stroke.
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