Researchers from the University of California have recently found out how to prolong the lives of our parents and make them better. The recipe turned out to be extremely simple
It turns out that loneliness plays a key role in accelerating the aging process and associated mortality. Scientists observed the state of 1,600 elderly people with an average age of 71. Such factors as health and socioeconomic status weren’t considered. Only loneliness.
Over 6 years of research, only 14% of elderly people constantly visited by their relatives have died, compared to 23% of the participants without family visitors.
The older people become, the more importance they give to relationships with their family. At the same time, children and grandchildren require less communication with the older generation.
In general, older people are more tolerant to the drawbacks of their friends and relatives. They’re always ready to share their experience and wisdom with young people, as well as tell what things are really worth our emotions and effort and which aren’t.
We rush for advice from our parents and grandparents, ask for recipes, or just need their hugs. Therefore, it’s important to remember how much time they have given and still give us and how much they need our care and attention. Just a couple of hours a week, just a phone call a day — you’ll increase their chances of living a long and happy life.
Read the full report at Brightside.me