When we are older – where and how will we live ?
As we get older, we face dilemmas – do we stay or do we move ? How can we combine an independent life with a social life, especially if we become less able to go out ?
There is considerable research evidence that old people are much happier and healthier when they lead purposeful connected lives, socialising and engaging in activities that interest them. If we have people around us all the time, we will inevitably socialise and exercise more, leading to health benefits. To a great extent, this depends on the pattern our lives - if we are close to the location of many interesting activities, then we are more likely to take part, and thus more likely to be happier and healthier.