A number of previous studies have validated the importance of social ties during midlife. Ilene C. Siegler, from Duke University (North Carolina, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 4,802 individuals who took part in the University of North Carolina Alumni Heart Study (UNCAHS) - an ongoing study of individuals born in the 1940s. The team found that having a partner during middle age is protective against premature death: those who never married were more than twice as likely to die early than those who had been in a stable marriage throughout their adult life. Being single, or losing a partner without replacement, increased the risk of early death during middle age and reduced the likelihood that one would survive to be elderly. Even when personality and risky behaviors were taken into account, marital status continued to have a major impact on survival. The study authors conclude that: “Consistency of marital status during midlife suggests that lack of a partner is associated with midlife mortality.”
Ilene C. Siegler, Beverly H. Brummett, Peter Martin, Michael J. Helms. “Consistency and Timing of Marital Transitions and Survival During Midlife: the Role of Personality and Health Risk Behaviors.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, January 2013.
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#112 - Use In Case of Emergency
The American Red Cross recommends six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container (a covered trash container, a camping backpack or a duffle bag) that is kept in a readily accessible location (the guest closet or garage, for example).
Your Disaster Supplies Kit should include:
• Water: One gallon of water per person per day, keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
• Food: A three-day supply of non-perishable food.
• First Aid Supplies: Including bandages, dressings, gloves, anti-bacterials, and non-prescription drugs (pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrheals, etc); see the web resource below for a more thorough list
• Medications for health conditions
• Tools and emergency supplies
• Special items necessary for infants and elderly or disabled persons
• Copies of key family documents: birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, drivers licenses, banking and credit card account numbers, insurance policies, health records, household inventory lists; continue reading for further details.