While a true friendship is invaluable, it turns out that having a confidant may be beneficial for one's physical and mental health.
According to the AARP Bulletin Today, people who maintain an active social life may be able to prevent Alzheimer's Disease and other illnesses during their retirement living years.
The news source spoke with Christine McCleary, whose mother had shown signs of dementia after her husband, McCleary's father, passed away.
"That made us say, hey, she cant be living on her own anymore, she told the news outlet.
After some careful consideration, McCleary decided to have her mom enter an assisted living facility.
Within a few months of experiencing daily social interaction, some stunning results were seen.
"It was like the clock was turned back four years," McClearys husband Larry, told the news source. "You could tell she enjoyed getting up in the morning."
According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are currently 5.2 million people suffering from the disease.