Do you spend enough time with your mom? We mean like quality time together? Or you are simply too busy to visit her or invite her to dinner?
Well, you should pay attention to this article.
Namely, a 2012 study found out that loneliness is a very important factor in the decline of quality of life in elderly people. This includes health problems like depression, cognitive impairment, coronary artery disease and even an earlier death.
More specifically, 1600 adults were involved in this study. Their average age was 71. Within 6 years of the study, 23 percent of the participants who reported being lonely, died. On the other hand, only 14 percent of those who reported having companionship ,died in the same period.
“Our social relationships are important not only to our quality of life, but also our longevity,” said study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, to WebMD.
“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,” she says.
So What Are You Waiting For?
So what are you waiting for? Visit your mom as soon as you can and make sure it’s a good visit, something your mother will remember and eagerly hope for in the future.
Spending time with your parents will also bring you benefits too. No one can understand you like your mom and dad. They can be your biggest support. Also, the wisdom that is passed from generation to generation is invaluable.
Grandparents can be enormous help when it comes to childcare. According to research, grandparents who babysit are less prone to dementia and Alzheimer’s. Spending fun time with grandma and grandpa is good for kids too.
Next time your parents come by for a visit you can do some fun activity, like mapping a family tree (if you haven’t done that before)
Or maybe start a new tradition that will last a lifetime like taking a day trip, travelling to new places, cooking or volunteering together. You can do amazing things together.
Source : www.simplemost.com