Frequent In-Person Social Contact Linked to Lower Probability of Depressive Symptoms

October 9, 2015 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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​The lower the frequency of in-person social contact, the higher the probability of having clinically significant depressive symptoms two years later, reports a study published October 6, 2015, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. However, no correlation was observed regarding the frequency of telephone social contact or written or e-mail social contact. The researchers used responses to the Health and Retirement Survey of a nationally representative sample of adults age 50 or older.

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