“Good Friends Might Be Your Best Brain Booster As You Age” – Kaiser Health News

by Judith Graham

“Ask Edith Smith, a proud 103-year-old, about her friends, and she’ll give you an earful.

Two Senior Women Playing Dominoes At Day Care Centre

“There’s Johnetta, 101, whom she’s known for 70 years and who has Alzheimer’s disease. ‘I call her every day and just say I just say, “Hi, how are you doing?” She never knows, but she says hi back, and I tease her,’ Smith said.

“There’s Katie, 93, whom Smith met during a long teaching career with the Chicago Public Schools. ‘Every day we have a good conversation. She’s still driving and lives in her own house, and she tells me what’s going on.’

“Then there’s Rhea, 90, whom Smith visits regularly at a retirement facility. And Mary, 95, who doesn’t leave her house anymore, ‘so I fix her a basket about once a month of jelly and little things I make and send it over by cab.’ And fellow residents at Smith’s Chicago senior community, whom she recognizes with a card and a treat on their birthdays.”

You can read this Kaiser Health News article in its entirety, click here.

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