Friends Make Aging Fun

Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Aging, Longevity, Positive Aging, Seniors, Wellness, Women's Health |



The other evening, Bea had a great chat on the phone with one of her best friends (she has 2 “best buds” and the three of them have been friends for around 40 years). It was during that laugh-filled conversation that she realized why she loves her long time friendships – these are the friends that truly understand her.  They make her laugh, and cry, and let her know when she’s being goofy and needs a “reality check.” These two friends accept her opinionated self, and she accepts them and their quirks.

Everyone needs friendships like this. And maybe a few new friendships, just to add a little spice to our lives. Researchers point out that a network of good friends and other social connections become particularly important as we age.

Friends = LongevityThe Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA), a 10 year longevity study, examined the connection between friendship and longevity, and it’s a positive one!  Other research concurs with the ALSA findings.

So besides living a longer (and more fun) life, what are some of the other benefits of friendships?

  • Good friends give you support when you need it.  Bea’s  two best buds, and a couple other close friends, always have the ability to give her a mental health boost.


  • They make you feel valued and accepted. 


  • You can laugh your head off with your friends! 


  • When you do something stupid, friends call you on it. 



These are just a few of the reasons that Bea loves her friends – how about you, readers?  What makes YOUR friendships great?


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