Social support good for health of elderly.

Older U.S. residents who have good emotional support systems also


report being in better health, found a study published in October’s

AJPH AJPH American Journal of Public Health
AJPh American Journal of Philology .

Using data on people ages 60 and older who participated in any of

the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys,

researchers found that older people across age, race, gender and

educational status divisions who reported that they needed more support

also reported being in poorer health. Overall, more than 7 million older

persons said they were dissatisfied dis·sat·is·fied