Retirement living seniors have many different options when it comes to maintaining their health and staying fit. Now one study shows that being married may combat the onset of some diseases and illnesses.
According to the New York Times, retirement living seniors who are married may have several health advantages over their single counterparts.
"Contemporary studies, for instance, have shown that married people are less likely to get pneumonia, have surgery, develop cancer or have heart attacks.
A group of Swedish researchers has found that being married or cohabiting at midlife is associated with a lower risk for dementia," the news source reports.
However, the news outlet also reports that it's important for retirement living seniors to maintain a happy marriage in order to reap the health benefits. In fact, staying in a stressful relationship can be as detrimental to a person's health as smoking.
No matter what, it's important for all retirement living seniors to maintain a physical fitness routine and get a yearly physical, regardless of one's marital status.