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Membership of social groups after retirement ‘boosts health and wellbeing’

 

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Membership of social groups after retirement ‘boosts health and wellbeing’

New research published by BMJ Open suggests that membership of social groups such as book clubs or church groups after retirement is linked with improved health and wellbeing.

The research backs NICE’s recent recommendations advising councils to do more to offer group activities to older people in order to tackle loneliness and improve wellbeing.

In the latest study, researchers from the University of Queensland tracked the health of 424 people for six years after they had retired. Their health was then compared with the same number of people matched for age, sex, and health status, but who were still working.