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The Real Value of Being Neighborly

People who feel connected to their neighbors have fewer strokes than those who feel isolated, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.  Researchers examined data from the Health and Retirement study which explored the incidence of stroke over time and correlated that data with the individual’s perception of cohesion in their neighborhoods. The findings were significant; those who felt socially connected had fewer strokes than those who felt alone. The results align with an earlier study that showed the same outcome: those who live in cohesive neighborhoods have a reduced risk of stroke.

The following article outlines the survey methods used, survey strategy and other considerations. It provides an interesting depiction of the growing notion that living in socially supportive neighborhoods has a positive impact on overall health.

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SOURCE: The Atlantic Cities - Place Matters