Reports have been emerging of a new study that found over-50s who saw friends and family more than twice a week were 50 per cent less likely to develop depression compared to those who saw family less often.
Even telephone conversations or keeping in touch over email or social media was not as risk reducing or effective as meeting in person.
The study took place over a two-year period, tracking over 11,000 over-50s. The results found that people who saw family or friends less than once a month had a 12 per cent chance of developing symptoms of depression, compared to those who socialised up to three times a week.
Interestingly, people between 50 and 70 years old saw social contact with friends being a particularly important factor in warding off depression, whereas those over the age of 70 were benefitting more from frequent contact with relatives and children.
The researchers did state however, that regular contact with friends and family was only...