Monday, March 7, 2011

Elderly Couples Demonstrate Benefits of Long Marriage



VOAVideo: Elderly Couples Demonstrate Benefits of Long Marriage

A happy marriage - or a permanent committed relationship - has long been associated with longevity and better health. Scientists say that's partly because healthier people are more likely to marry and stay married, and partly because of the health benefits, both physical and mental, that a loving, long-term relationship seems to confer. One European study published earlier this year in the Student British Medical Journal noted that mortality rates among married people were 10 to 15 percent lower than among unmarried individuals. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has more on why it's healthier to be hitched.

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