Seniors who get out of their homes daily have a longer life expectancy than those who go out once a week or less. These regular outings help maintain social relations, physical exercises and therefore stay healthy longer.
This Israeli study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and conducted with 3,375 seniors aged 70 to 90.
« What is interesting, according to Dr Jeremy Jacobs, the main author the study, is that the improvement in survival connected to going out frequently was also observed among people with a low level of physical activity, and even among mobility impaired people.’ We live better by going out on a regular basis as we provoke more social interaction with the outside world, therefore maintaining the body and the brain.
People who go out less often, conversely, present poorer social, functional and medical characteristics. A greater number have a lower income, suffer from loneliness, depression, fatigue, as well as pain or chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. It remains impossible to know whether staying at home provoke these conditions, or if these conditions prevent seniors from going out more often…
According to the study, 8 out of 10 seniors living in Israel, go out nearly every day up to the age of 78. Logically, the number of daily outings goes down with age due to the loss of autonomy. This rate is 65.6% at age 85 and 48.4% at 90.
To read the study, click here: Frequency of Leaving the House and Mortality from 70 to 95