Lesson 6 - Be a Social Animal
According to The MacArthur Foundation, most people of all ages report that their personal network includes 8 to 11 members. The number remains quite stable as a person moves through life. There are losses, but also replacements. The circles represents a network of stability and change that we depend on during our life course.
Laura Carstensen states from her research that smaller social circles are not a problem as long as the relationships within them are emotionally strong.
In conclusion, the evidence is getting pretty clear from a healthy aging standpoint that strong social support plays a very important role.
Pay attention to your exercise and diet, but don't forget to nourish those relationships!