It is really important to spend time with your parents, especially when they get older.
Your parent’s social circles get smaller when they are getting older. The loneliness sets in as their acquaintances fall ill or pass away, their closest friends move away to retirement communities, or you relocate for a new job opportunity.
A study said that your parents can extend their life and increase its quality by inviting them over for dinner. University of California, San Francisco, claims that loneliness plays an essential role in the decline typically related to old age.
The ones who were lonely constantly held higher mortality rates despite controlling for health and socioeconomic status than those who were not from the 1,600 elderly people involved in the study. Within 6 years of the stud, around 23 percent of lonely participants and only 14 percent of those who reported adequate socialization passed away.
According to a study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, 1 in 3 people over the age of sixty was lonely. Even the people who had less social connections had poor health behaviors, higher levels of inflammation, decreased immunity, and poor sleep patterns.
Many elderly people that do not have a lot of social interaction die all of a sudden or seem to suffer from more health problems.
Elderly people may take a toll because of loneliness and isolation. Socialization can be a life-saver for elderly people. Social bonds are really important for the well-being, quality of life and the longevity of the elderly.
You can save their lives by spending quality time with your parents. One of the best things you can do for their quality of life, health and well-being are sharing good moments, positive feelings and interactions with them.
You can keep your children with grandpa and grandma more often. Always make time to see them and spend quality time with them and be with them. Enjoy doing things you love together, share a laugh, and enjoy the time you spend with your father and mother. They will not only increase their longevity, they will become precious memories for you and even for them.