Harvard study shows community contributes to longer, healthier life

An 80-year-long Harvard study, published in 2017, found that the key to living a longer, healthier life may be having a sense of community as you age. The study confirms what I’ve observed in my own career as clinical social worker: Having close, happy relationships is a powerful influence on health and how well you flourish as you age. Those with the best relationships at age 50 were the healthiest at age 80. Maintaining social connections that help you feel loved and worthwhile is a lot easier to accomplish on a smaller, community level. That’s why I created Vibrante Living.

Social interaction is important at all ages, and the Harvard study shows that it may be even more important as you age. Although the study was conducted only on men, and Vibrante is only for women, the findings are pretty universal. Isolation can be as debilitating to your health as drinking alcohol in excess or smoking. In a popular TED talk, psychiatrist and Harvard study director Robert Waldinger said, “Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies; they protect our brains.” To help protect our health as we age so that we may remain active, we should put ourselves in environments that encourage social interactions. 

Often older adults move into condos or apartments, but those can be isolating, especially if you don’t have children or your kids are spread across the United States. With room for four women, Vibrante strives to give members the private space they need plus shared living spaces that enable members to interact with each other. Vibrante offers the companionship of strong, smart, interesting women who want to live their purpose as they age. Members have opportunities to stay actively involved in volunteering, mentoring and other philanthropic activities.

As the Harvard researchers pointed out, maintaining healthy relationships is as important as taking care of your physical needs. Vibrante is more than just a place to live, it’s a place to flourish. This is an ideal setting for active, independent older women who simply don’t want to live alone any longer. 

If you are interested in learning more about Vibrante Living, give me a call at 612-816-6940 or fill out this simple form. I would be happy to set up a tour or meeting.