Speed dating disabled people
A recent report from the Centre for Disability Research claims that people with learning disabilities are less likely than the general population to have contact with friends and members of their family with whom they were not living.
An Australian study, conducted by the Centre for Ageing Studies at Flinders University, followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years.
It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22%.
This suggests that having friends in our lives may actually increase our life expectancy.
As adults, friends can often replace family as the most significant people in our lives.
Through friends we are linked to other social circles and interests, and we know that we have people who care about us and with whom we can enjoy our lives.