Monday 22 September, 2014

Never Too Old For Love : Revera Report on Romance Sets the Record Straight About Love as You Age


The Sacramento Bee

Love, romance and social activity in later life has important health, quality of life benefits, says expert gerontologist

For more in-depth love stories, interviews with local seniors in GTA and Calgary are available; Infographic also available

TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Seniors are setting the record straight - love and romance aren't just for the young, according to the Revera Report on Romance, a new survey byRevera Inc., Canada's leading provider of seniors care and services. Seven-in-ten seniors over age 75 say you are never too old for love and the same amount agree love and romance remains an important aspect of their lives.  What's more, senior men are even more in love with love than women, with 83 per cent saying it's important versus 56 per cent of women.

"Seniors' positive outlook on love and romance is encouraging to see because they are both important aspects of social interaction," says Dr. Amy D'Aprix, gerontologist and expert on aging.   "What many people don't know, is remaining socially active can have a significant impact on your physical health, and may even help to reduce your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It's also been shown to have a comparable impact on mortality as smoking and alcohol."  She continued, "And of course, there's no question that it also contributes to happiness and emotional health."

It's not just the experts who recognize the importance of socializing as we age — seniors themselves overwhelmingly support the concept.  When surveyed, 88 per cent of seniors agree that companionship is something they couldn't do without, and 98 per cent said they thought keeping socially active was as important to successfully aging as good physical health.

Challenging myths There's a common myth that love, romance and the need for companionship fades as we grow older and this is being perpetuated by the younger generations.  In fact, fewer than half (only 38 per cent) of Generation Y and Boomers in the survey predict love and romance will be "very important" when they're over 75, and even fewer think they'll be "very interested" in dating at that age if they didn't already have a partner (8 per cent of Generation Y and 13 per cent of Boomers).  In fact, the Revera Report revealed not only that love and romance do remain important for those 75-plus, it also showed just as many seniors have romantic partners as 18 to 30 year olds (approximately half for each group).

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