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What activities can help a person cope with the death of a partner?

Working with a subset of widows and widowers from Changing Lives of Older Couples, a prospective study of 1,500 married people over age 65, researchers teased out intriguing information. Moving and taking on a new job led to greater sense of well-being in widows than staying put and avoiding change. Among widowers, moving was linked with a lower sense of well-being. Taking on new tasks, such as managing bills and handling car or home repairs, helped some older women feel empowered. In men and women alike, religion helped buffer pain, and hobbies increased well-being.

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