Lana Barhum is a legal assistant, patient advocate, freelance writer, blogger, and single parent. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008 and uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness.
Research indicates that people with chronic illness don’t participate as much in social activities and instead prefer private time, normally spent alone. However, people with chronic illness can benefit from having a healthy social life, according to a study of 250 adults published in The Journals of Gerontology. In the study, older adults who continued to participate in social activities, even after limitations made it more challenging to do so, had a more positive outlook on life than those who weren’t participating. This doesn’t just apply to older adults—young adults aren’t participating either. In fact, many are frustrated and angry about their inability to be socially and physically active.