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Social seniors healthier and happier, says StatsCan

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Mavis Close (left), a volunteer with the Friendly Visitor Program and Evelyn Blaine past program Coordinator with the Friendly Visitor Program (Contributed by: Nicole Peters, South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society)
It turns out, the road to health and happiness is paved with an active social life.

That's according to a new Statistics Canada study that shows seniors who had more social interactions saw themselves as healthier and happier than those who spent more time alone.

That's nothing new to the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society, the non-profit organization provides outreach programs for seniors -- like the Friendly Visitor Program that brings volunteers and seniors together for regular visits.

Daybreak spoke to a volunteer with the program, as well as Nicole Peters, the program outreach coordinator for the South Okanagan Seniors Wellness Society.

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