The fountain of youth has yet to be found, but you can actually help your mother and grandmother live longer. Yes, that’s what latest studies suggest.

A group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that loneliness makes aging even worse. Aging is a natural process, and elderly experience a decline. Researchers observed 1,600 adults aged around 71, and followed information about participants’ socioeconomic status and health. The results showed that lonely individuals had high mortality rate. About 23% of the lonely adults died in the first six years of the study. It was found that 14% of those individuals had someone they spend time with.

“The need we’ve had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, who bring us joy — that never goes away,” Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, said in her interview.

The elderly appreciate the relationship they have with other people, and do not really pay attention to other details or problems. Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, said everything comes down to important relational skills. These skills have been nurtured for many years.

“They’re pretty tolerant of friends’ imperfections and idiosyncrasies, more than young adults,” the professor said. “You bring a lot more experience to your friendships when you’re older. You know what’s worth fighting about and not worth fighting about.”

Spend some time with your grandparents

Invite your older relatives and friends into your home. It is also important that they have a healthy elderly relationship. You may find it hard to believe, but elderly actually live well in independent or assisted living environment. In this way they can mingle, connect and actually live longer. How amazing is that?

Spend more time with your granny and grandpa to prolong their life. This helps them at so many levels, and you are helping them improve the quality of their life. Elderly enjoy companionship and conversation, so make sure you listen to what they have to say. There are so many stories sitting deep inside them, and your grandma has the warmest hug in the world, right? Yes, you can really benefit from the time you spend with your grandmother. Let’s not forget the best recipe for homemade cookies. Enjoy spending time with your grandparents and other elderly. You are helping them in ways you have never imagined.

Source: www.oprahmag.com

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