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As Social Connectedness Correlates with Good Health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Looks at how the State's Seniors Value Their Own Relationships


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A NEW SURVEY FROM "BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA" LOOKED AT WHAT SENIORS, THROUGHOUT THE STATE, VALUE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS--AND HOW THEY VIEW THE IMPACT THAT DEEP RELATIONSHIPS HAVE ON THEIR OWN LIVES AND HEALTH.  THE COMPANY'S DOCTOR MARK STEFFEN DESCRIBES SOME OF THE RESULTS...

(STEFFEN):
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WE FOUND THAT SENIORS IN MINNESOTA FEEL MOST SAFE AND SECURE IN A RELATIONSHIP WHEN THEY CAN JUST BE THEMSELVES.  THEY ALSO VALUE AUTHENTICITY IN FRIENDSHIPS--AND RECOGNIZE HOW HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS CAN PLAY INTO LIVING LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES.  HOWEVER, SENIORS ALSO FACE BARRIERS--LIKE BUSY SCHEDULES AND EVEN WINTER-WEATHER.  WHAT'S MORE, THEY CAN BE HESITANT TO TALK ABOUT THEIR HEALTH, WITH THEIR FRIENDS."

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DOCTOR STEFFEN ALSO DESCRIBES THE SURVEY'S RECOMMENDATIONS...

(STEFFEN):
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WE ENCOURAGE MINNESOTA'S SENIORS TO BUILD THEIR OWN HEALTH--THROUGH HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.  THIS INCLUDES BY: REMAINING THEIR TRUE, AUTHENTIC SELF; RELYING ON LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS, WHILE ALSO BUILDING DEEPER CONNECTIONS; OPENING UP ABOUT THEIR OWN HEALTH WITH CLOSE CONFIDANTS; TAKING ADVANTAGE OF RESOURCES THAT HELP PEOPLE CONNECT; AND CHOOSING PROVIDERS WHO VALUE LASTING RELATIONSHIPS."

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THE SURVEY IS BEING RELEASED AS PART OF THIS YEAR'S OPEN-ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR MEDICARE.  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "BLOG"-DOT-"BLUE-CROSS-M-N"-DOT-COM.



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