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For a longer life, get out of the house

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February 15th, 2018
Senior couple walking outside.

Senior couple walking outside.

Getting out of the house may help you live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Using data from the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, researchers observed that adults ages 70 to 90 years old who left the house at least once a day had improved survival rates compared to peers who went out less frequently.

The outside world

Interestingly, a lower risk of death was observed in these individuals regardless of their medical condition, amount of physical activity, functional abilities, or level of social engagement while out and about. The study investigators speculate that leaving one’s home exposes you to (as yet unknown) beneficial experiences. Simply engaging with the outside world seems to be a contributing factor for longevity. 

Resilience, a quality long associated with longer life, may also be involved. Researchers aren’t sure whether resilient individuals tend to leave the house more often, or if leaving the house fosters resiliency. Either way, any level of outside engagement may be good for the aging process.