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In an anal­y­sis of more than 4,000 study par­tic­i­pants, sub­jects who main­tained up to eight “so­cial roles”

(like be­ing a vol­un­teer, church mem­ber, par­ent or friend) had 60% less loss of lung func­tion—a key in­di­ca­tor of health in older adults. Sur­pris­ingly, “low­com­mit­ment” roles like be­ing a vol­un­teer or club mem­ber were just as ben­e­fi­cial as “high-com­mit­ment” roles like be­ing a spouse or par­ent. Ac­cord­ing to the study au­thors, be­long­ing to so­cial net­works pro­vides sup­port for men­tal and emo­tional well-be­ing, while ac­tiv­i­ties like vol­un­teer­ing en­cour­age healthy phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

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