Aging Well Exercise, Mental Stimulation, Social Activity

Being lonely is something else, said John Cacioppo , a social neuroscientist at the University of Chicago who studies the biological effects of loneliness. Studies have shown, he said, that socially isolated people have increased health risks and higher mortality. Loneliness – perceived social isolation – doesn’t just make you less happy, he said. It makes you depressed.
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Social contact, regular exercise key to living longer

View photo A man and a woman take an early morning run on the boardwalk p90X3 review in Miami Beach, Florida on September 27, 2006 (AFP Photo/Roberto Schmidt) Chicago (AFP) – Social contact and regular exercise are key to aging well and living a longer life, according to newly presented research. In fact, feeling extremely lonely can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent, an impact nearly as strong as that of a disadvantaged socioeconomic status, according to John Cacioppo, psychology professor at the University of Chicago. He noted that a meta-analysis of several studies published in 2010 showed that social isolation had twice the impact on the risk of death as obesity. Cacioppo presented the findings Sunday at an annual conference in Chicago of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Exercise Could Reduce Hospitalizations For COPD Patients

“Indeed, even a low level of PA such as walking a minimum of two hours per week has been associated with decreased risk of hospitalization for exacerbated COPD.” The study, published in the journal Respirology , included 543 people with COPD; researchers calculated their physical activity levels by asking them how far they walked a day, for at least three days a week. They followed up with the participants at least two years later. Researchers found that those who maintained low physical activity levels had a higher rate of hospitalization. Meanwhile, those who had high physical activity levels at the start of the study but who decreased their exercise levels throughout the study also had a higher hospitalization rate.
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