Everyone knows that being next to the friends and family during the third age can promote numerous health benefits, such as avoiding depression, heart problems and more. But a new study challenges a part of the situation described.

According to research conducted at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, in Canada, only the family can help reduce the risk of mortality. Elderly people who have the largest number of family members and close are present less risk of death.

The researchers recently presented this data at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Washington, in the United States.

To achieve this result, we used data from 2005/2006 and 2010/2011 the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP). The first data are participating with 57 and 58, who cited five of which were closest to him, as reported the relationship between them.

Scholars have noted that participants who reported very closely with the family were those who had a more health benefit to have greater longevity than people with less close relatives.

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