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Social networks are important in preventing dependency in old age

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 06 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1277
  1. Helen Stoddart, lecturer (,
  2. Debbie Sharp, professor,
  3. Ian Harvey, professor
  1. Division of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, Canynge Hall, Bristol BS8 2PR
  2. School of Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ

    EDITOR—The apparently obvious, but also often forgotten, importance of social networks and social support were missing from the editorial by Metz on preventing dependency in old age.1 Metz comments that exercise improves physical fitness, muscle size, strength, and balance and reduces the riskof falls. However, in addition to increasing cardiopulmonary fitness, …

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