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Study Shows The More Time You Spend With Your Mom, The Longer She’ll Live

When was the last time you saw your mother? There are studies that say mothers live longer when they spend more time with their children. So, a study from 2012 says that you should hang out with your mom soon.

The study concluded that loneliness is a significant factor in the decline of quality of life in older adults, including risk of depression, cognitive impairment and health problems like coronary artery disease, and may even lead to an earlier death.

Specifically, the study looked at 1,600 adults with an average age of 71. Researchers found that 23 percent of participants who reported being lonely died within six years of the study, while only 14 percent of those who reported having companionship died during the same six year period.

The results, which were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, remained consistent even after controlling for health and socioeconomic status.

The Link Between Health and Social Ties

One more study which was published in 2010 in the journal of PLoS Medicine revealed that social relationships are as meaningful as losing weight in obese people, and exercising.

The author of the study was Julianne Holt-Lunstad, associate professor of psychology at the University of Brigham Young in Utah. According to her, the social ties are significant not just for the quality, but also for the longevity of life.

She explains that since ancient times, we, as humans, had relied on each other for survival when it came to food and protection. So, besides the modern times that offer numerous ways to be more independent, we need each other.

The results of the research revealed that social isolation, as well as loneliness, are harming our health. Actually, feeling lonely is a bigger risk to our health than obesity or smoking.

Hanging out with people we love leads to laughter which is a strong antidote to poor health, it improves the immune system, stimulates blood flow and mental activity, and it lowers the blood pressure.

Call Your Mother

So, you do not have anything to wait for. Call your mother and arrange a meeting. Make sure to bring some funny jokes with you. When you spend time with your parents, you are also getting the benefits.

There is no one that can understand you better than your mother and father. Also, they are always there for you, and their wisdom can be priceless. Interestingly, grandparents who babysit have shown to be at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Well, spending time with your grandma and grandpa is another positive thing you should for yourself and them too. What to do when you meet your parents the next time?

You can ask them about your grandparents, and you can make a family tree with your family history. Your children will thank you one day.

Another interesting thing to do with your family is starting a new tradition such as taking a family photo once every year. Or, you can travel somewhere together, cook food together, volunteer, etc.

There are millions of things you can do with your parents and grandparents, all you need to do is just visit them or invite them to visit you.

Source: simplemost.com, realpositiveexperience.com

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Want Your Parents To Live Longer? Let Them Babysit Your Kids, Study Advises

It turns out that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren get more than just good memories — they might actually live longer, according to a new study.

The study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, examined data from the Berlin Aging Study of over 500 people at least 70 years old, according to Action News Jax.

Seniors who provided a child with some type of care had a significantly lower risk of death over a 20-year period than their counterparts who did not watch over a child, according to ClevelandClinic.org.

There is one fairly important caveat, however: Grandparents who were the primary caregivers for their grandchildren were not included in the study.

Dr. Ronan Factora, of Cleveland Clinic, who was not a part of the study, said “there is a link between providing this care and reducing stress and we know the relationship between stress and higher risk of dying.”

“If providing care to grandchildren and others in need is one way that can actually reduce stress,” he said, “then these activities should be of benefit to folks who are grandparents and provide this care to their grandkids.”

There are also several other benefits that come with taking care of a child, Factorsa said.

“We know that as you age, you want to stay physically active,” he said. “You want to stay socially engaged; you want to be cognitively stimulated; and all those things allow you to age well.”

But he added that devoting too much of your energy to taking care of your grandchild can actually increase your stress levels — which would counteract the health benefits found in the study.

“You want to make sure that you find that right balance between getting the positive benefits of doing enough of an activity to help those in need,” he said, “and avoiding doing too much and getting to the point where the activity makes one overly stressed.”

Another study from researchers in Australia found that a moderate amount of time spent babysitting grandchildren could actually prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, according to WFAA. That’s thought to happen because babysitting can amp up brain power and lower the chances of developing depression, according to USA Today.

Source: miamiherald.com, rd.com