Social Lives, Social Engagement, and Work
The transition into later life is associated with numerous changes, including social lives and social engagement. It is important to consider these changes and transitions because evidence suggests that changes in social lives can impact on health and well-being. Evidence also suggests that these relationships are moderated by gender and also vary across cultures and societies. This chapter discusses this evidence and also provides an international perspective on social lives in later life, including insights into traditional family structures and the concept of 'filial piety' in Asian cultures, as well as societal changes in this context. Additionally, the chapter discusses the role of social groups in social identity within society and the beneficial effect of this on well-being. And finally, it discusses the benefits of work and volunteering for increased social interaction and well-being.