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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.