Living Near a Park Protects against Loneliness in Old Age

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) recently conducted an email survey in an effort to discover the factors that protect against loneliness with age. Not surprisingly, the results showed that those who are married are much less likely to feel lonely. However, there is another equally effective way to avoid loneliness: frequently spending time in parks. Living near a library follows closely behind; these factors both outweigh the benefits of having children or grandchildren. Also exceeding the advantages of children is access to public services and high-quality public transit. These trends remained consistent when adjusting for socioeconomic status (SES). In addition, individuals who reported feeling lonely or socially isolated were more likely to experience poorer overall health; in fact, results indicate that loneliness is a more accurate predictor of health than age or SES. This survey was completed by over 5000 seniors across Canada (excluding Nunavut) in April 2017; however, it was funded by CARP and participation was only available to CARP members.

SOURCE: CARP: http://www.carp.ca/2017/06/05/loneliness-survey-results/

DATE RETRIEVED: June 9, 2017

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