If you love your mother, then it can be hard to watch her life slipping away from her. But as people age, they lose the ability to do things they used to be able to do with ease. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it happens to most of us. But doctors have found a way to help mom live longer – and it doesn’t take much.
The study’s results are clear. Spend more time with mom, and she will live a longer and happier life. That’s right. All you need to do to help your mother live longer is take more time out of your schedule to visit her and talk to her and show her the love you always wanted to.
Happiest reported on the study, which might change the way you treat your aging parents or grandparents.
“A study, conducted back in 2012, watched over 1,600 adults with an average age of 71 and compared their social interactions with their ongoing lifespan. The researchers found that 23% of the participants who reported loneliness died within six years. Meanwhile, only 14% of those with companionship died during the same time period.”
Loneliness affects the length of your life. And as people age, it has a more drastic impact than it does on those who are younger. Loneliness can increase a person’s risk of cognitive impairment, depression, and more health problems. A simple visit with your mother might help her live a few more years. It can even help prevent heart disease or heart attack – and you know that means a longer life.
Loneliness is an epidemic in American and other parts of the world. People are becoming isolated more often than ever before – and not just the elderly.
The associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University Julianne Holt-Lunstad, in Utah, has conducted studies that back up these findings.
“Our social relationships are important not only to our quality of life but also our longevity. Throughout human history, we have relied on others for survival, such as protection and food, and despite modern advancements that may (help with) certain aspects of survival so that we can live more independently, it appears that our relationships nonetheless still impact odds of survival.”
One thing most people who live a long life have in common is a large and lively social circle. Those who live to 100 often have a lot of people in their lives and love spending time with them.
For those who have elderly parents or grandparents, this is a call to action. You must spend more time with them.
If you’ve been neglecting your family members, it is time to change that. Go out of your way to spend more time with the people you love. Not only will you have more time with them while they’re alive, but your presence could also be just the thing to keep them going strong for years to come. Now isn’t that inspiring?
What do you think about this study’s results? Are you surprised? Or does it make sense?