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Older Women Living Alone Not at Higher Risk for Health Problems

A recent Nurses Health Study by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that older women living alone are not more isolated, are not at higher risk for increased health problems, and actually performed better on measures of mental health than those living with a spouse. The study surveyed nearly 30 thousand women between the ages of 60 and 72 and showed a low risk for a decline in women’s vitality and mental health compared with women of the same age who lived with a spouse. Researchers believe the increased social interaction with friends and relatives in which some older women who live alone engage is associated with the decreased risk of a decline in health.

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Reuters Ð January 31, 2001

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