Sociology's Prof. Waite to lead comprehensive study on health and aging

Author: 
William Harms
Photo Credit: 
Robert Kozloff

With thousands of participants over nearly 10 years, a sweeping University of Chicago study has made discoveries that are transforming our knowledge about health and aging.

For example, the study has found that extended social networks can help keep blood pressure in check, and that having someone to talk about your health improves your chances of getting needed treatment. People very likely to discuss health matters with their network members were the least likely to have uncontrolled hypertension if they were in large networks, the study showed. Two studies published this fall showed that for older adults, being unable to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years, while another found that sleep problems among the elderly may stem from the quality, not quantity of rest.

Read full story here: http://www.uchicago.edu/features/social_links_extend_healthy_years/