Group of people outdoors.
Group of people outdoors.

London : How do you plan to take care of yourself after retirement? New research recommends that you join social groups such as book clubs since having a social hobby is like regular exercise to live happier and longer, reports IANS.

The more social groups an individual belongs to in the first few years after she or he stops working, the lower their risk of death, showed findings of a research carried out at the University of Queensland School of Psychology, in Australia. Researchers Niklas Steffens and Tegan Cruwys wrote in their study paper that: “As much as practitioners may help retirees adjust by providing support with financial planning, social groups may also help by providing social planning.”

In this regard, practical interventions should focus on helping retirees to maintain their sense of purpose and belonging by assisting them to connect to groups and communities that are meaningful to them, said the researchers. To assess the impact of social group memberships, researchers tracked the health of 424 people at least 50 years old for six years after they retired. They were compared with the same number of people, matched for age, sex and health status but who were still working. Each participant was asked how many different organisations, clubs or societies they belonged to and which ones.

Every group membership lost after retirement was associated with nearly 10 percent drop in quality of life score six years later, the study found, researchers noted.

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