Has it been a while since you’ve seen your mom or your grandparents? After reading this article, may be you would call your grandma over for dinner tonight.
According to a new study, inviting your grandmother over for dinner may actually increase her life expectancy.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco shown that loneliness plays a main role in the decreasing so often associated with old age. The research followed 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for social economic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality percentage. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within 6 years, while only 14 percent of those who reported having companionship died during the same period.
“The need we’ve had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, bring joy to us— that never goes away,” Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital explained.
The elderly put so much quality value in those relationships that they often overlook a great deal more than their children or even their grand children do. It comes down to important relational skills, Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech declared that the skills our grandparents have had a lifetime to hone.
“They’re tolerant of friends’ imperfections and idiosyncrasies, more than young adults” she insisted. “You have more experience to your friendships when you’re older. You know what’s worth fighting about and not worth fighting about.”
Beside inviting our older relatives to our homes, it’s vital to enhance elderly relationships. Despite of common belief that older tend to thrive in independent or relieve living environments. These living arrangements provide more guides to incorporate, to connect.
Spending quality time with older will not only help them, but also benefits us. The relative relationship is thick and it can not deny. They get the attention and conversation so crucial to common life, and we get their stories, their experience, their love, their hugs and, best of all, their secret recipe meals
So what are you waiting for? If it has been a while since you’ve seen your mom or your grandparents, plan a visit to them!