” Socialisation & Micro Communities”
One of most important demographic change of this century is the increase in the proportion of old persons – one in every five persons is a senior citizen (above 60 yrs) by 2050. More startling, is that the proportion of seniors is more than those in the age group of 0-9 yrs.
In order to design policies and programs for old persons its important to understand the factors that lead to longevity and thereby determine the needs to this group. And build a community of happy seniors.
Is it only good health & care or fitness levels that determine the longevity and therefore, happiness of seniors?
Julianne Holt-Lunstad at Brigham Young University, USA, conducted research of tens of thousands middle aged people on what-makes them live longer
The question is – which factors reduces the chance of dying most. Every aspect of their lives – diet, exercise, marital status, smoked or drank, how often they went to doctor etc. They recorded all the data and the research team waited for 7 years to see how many people were still standing.
Summary – of the ten predictors, the least include – overweight, lack of exercise, flu vaccine etc. The two most important predictors related to socialisation —- close relationships & social integration (top predictor). The close relationships are interactions with people you live with, care for you and sit with you in your existential crisis.
Social Integration, the top predicator for longevity relates to how much you interact with people with whom you don’t have strong bonds like the neighbours & the communities around you.
Its time we Re imagine Ageing with — Socialisation & Micro communities.