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Did you know that your social life improves when you retire? That’s the verdict from research carried out by the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).
The report reveals that as people retire they tend to have greater social contact and are more likely to take part in activities like education classes or join a political party or church group. It found that social interaction dropped in the years leading up to retirement and increased again once retirement had occurred.
The ELSA study has been carried out every two years since 2002 and surveys 10,000 adults over the age of 50 in England.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, losing access to a car or public transport, as well as developing poor health, were related to falling levels of social and cultural activities – highlighting the importance of finding ways to enable older people to remain connected to the wider community. And that’s why Bromford’s ready-made communities at School Gardens and Park Gardens are so ideal with their wide range of communal facilities and wellbeing benefits such as hair and beauty salons and gymnasiums.