This New Study’s Findings Will Make You Want To Spend More Time With Older Relatives
As 2018 comes to a close, we look back on all the things we hoped to accomplish in the year. Did we get the big promotion? Did I finally set aside some money for retirement? Very few people might ask themselves if they talked to their mother enough. However, this is a question many sons and daughters should be asking themselves.
There is nothing quite like the loving hug your mother gave you, filling you with a sense of warmth and security. As a child, you craved it. It seemed as if nothing could go wrong upon her embrace, and that everything was going to be okay. The world was stopping for that moment.
But as you aged on your responsibilities grew more. In your teen years, you wanted to get away from her so bad. Your wish was granted as you entered college, finally giving you that reprieve.
The Death Of Loneliness
Maybe you don’t spend as much time with your mother as you should. But that should change today. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found a link between the loneliness of older adults and their death rate.
The study observed 1,600 older adults. Mortality rates were found higher in those who were lonely. Twenty-three percent of lonely participants died within six years of the research, while fourteen percent who were not alone lived longer and maintained a healthier lifestyle, according to Good Housekeeping.
Love Your Mother As She Loved You
While on its face this study seems rather depressing, there is an easy solution. Research on the topic shows that regular contact with your mother can decrease the chances of her dying early. A simple phone call when you have a free moment can be more than enough.
Who knew a simple phone call could affect how long your mother lives? Encouraging her to make friends and establish relationships with other people her age still does not hold the same importance as a phone call from her beloved son or daughter.
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