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Quality of Life Matters

January 8, 2017

What matters more to people is what is called the “health span.” Healthier seniors enjoy a better quality of life than those with major health problems, and there are other factors to consider, too. The 2013 United States of Aging survey found that social and family connections were strongest among seniors who reported the best quality of life. The seniors who reported good social and family ties were less likely to be depressed or to feel lonely – and researchers say loneliness can damage seniors’ health.

When doctors assess quality of life in their older patients, family connections, intimate relationships, and social activities are among things they look for. Other factors that influence seniors’ quality of life are:

Freedom from physical discomfort like chronic pain, digestive issues, or sleep disturbances
Mental health and overall outlook on life
The ability to take part in daily life and leisure activities
Quality of medical care
Money matters for quality of life, too, although not nearly as much as healthy and rewarding connections to other people.

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