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For years, researchers have known that strong social support is key to successful aging. The MacArthur researchers were surprised to find that the wrong kind of support can be harmful. People who enjoy lots of emotional support – expressions of affection and encouragement – fare well as they grow older. They tend to stay healthier and have less emotional stress. In contrast, individuals who gets lots of hands-on assistance in which others do for then things they are capable of doing for themselves – gradually fall victim to feelings of “learned helplessness”. Their sense of well being and independence are undermined.

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