European Journal of Ageing

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 64–66 | Cite as

Social engagement and successful aging

  • Carlos F. Mendes de LeonEmail author
Original Investigation

There is a growing recognition that social engagement is important for successful aging. This is the compelling message of Drs. Bath and Deeg’s introduction to this new Journal (Bath and Deeg 2005, this issue), and I hope the same message becomes one of the pillars of success for this journal. The idea that an older person’s participation in social activity, however defined, is good for his health and well-being has not only strong intuitive appeal, but no doubt also finds resonance in our own experiences and relationships with older adults. In fact, we often might think of decline in social engagement as a harbinger of poor prognosis, the impending collapse of successful aging and life itself. As much as this idea may be part of folk wisdom, we as gerontologists are still bound to furnish its empirical verification. A solid scientific foundation will sustain our understanding of the importance of social engagement for successful aging, and will guide the development of programs or...


Health Care Utilization Social Engagement Successful Aging Biomedical Model Incident Disability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rush Institute for Healthy AgingRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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