Hadassah Hospital

The secret of eternal youth has always been an elusive goal: as we grow more, more wish to conserve our energy, physical and mental performance, and, most importantly, we want to know: how extend our life expectancy as much as possible? An investigation of 13 years of the third age citizens made by the Department of rehabilitation and Geriatrics of Hospital Hadassah of Mount Scopus, has shown determining that one of the most clear answers to these questions, is as simple as economic: keep working. Want to live longer? Works as you can and offer volunteer if you cannot work said Dr. Yorma Maaravi who is leading the investigation. The study, involving about 1000 people of the third age, all of them born in 1920, found that working or by volunteering, it significantly increases the opportunities to operate best at a later age. Those who continued to work after 70, a charge already be payment or voluntary, have many more possibilities to continue with life and cope Bobo way, at the age of 77 and even more. There is little difference, according to the study, if the work or volunteering is daily or weekly, and we did not find a relationship between the type of work and the physical effort required. Yet the work that did not require physical effort, was beneficial.

According to Maaravi, the current director of the Department of Geriatrics and rehabilitation of the University of the Hadassah Hospital, the benefits of the work are not limited to bring home a pay, since voluntary work has the same beneficial effects as the work payment. Work has a great effect; We can not determine if the reasons are physical or mental, but we clearly affirm that you have great relationship with personal satisfaction, to enjoy oneself and with the socialization expressed. It is as important as keeping oneself busy to keep moving.