The saga of adult friendship starts off well enough. “I think young adulthood is the golden age for forming friendships,” Rawlins says. People tend to reconnect with old friends whom they. Institute on Aging’s hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults.
Friendship is important to older adults Nina Chen, Ph.D., former Human Development Specialist, Jackson County, University of Missouri Extension Many studies have shown the positive benefits of friendship on social, emotional and physical well-being. Genuine, nourishing friendships boost your immune system, improve your prognosis with various chronic health conditions, and lower your blood pressure—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
While older adults may have generally fewer friends, they also tend to be closer with those friends and interact with them on a face-to-face basis more frequently. According to researchers, when it comes to friendship-induced feelings of well-being, that makes all the difference. As you grow older, you’ll have less patience for insincerity and shallow relationships. Age teaches us that it’s much better to have few sincere friendships than a ton of superficial ones. An honest conversation is your priority in interpersonal relationships now – and that’s a good thing! You’ve got less time.