According to a study, inviting your grandma over for dinner may extend her life, as well as increase its quality.
Some researchers at the University of California, have found that loneliness plays a significant role in the decline in association with old age. The study was following 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status, as well as health. The lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. About 23% of isolated participants died within six years of the study. As opposed to 14% of those who have reported adequate companionship.
Barbara Moscowitz, a senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained to The New Your Times:
The need which we have had for our entire lives — people that know us, as well as value us and bring us joy — which never goes away.
The seniors place some high value on those relationships.
So much so that they usually overlook a great deal more than their children or even their grandchildren do. The professor of human development at Virginia Tech, Rosemary Blieszner, stated to New Your Times that it comes down to some essential relational skills. Skills which our grandparents have had a lifetime to hone. She said:
They are pretty tolerant of the imperfections and idiosyncrasies of their friends. More than young adults are. You have a lot more experience to offer when you’re older. You also know what is worth fighting about, as well as not worth fighting about.
But, besides inviting our older relatives, as well as friends into our homes, it is essential to hang out with them. Such living arrangements provide a lot more ways to mingle, to connect and to thrive.
It will help your grandparents if you hang out with them. But it will also benefit you — the symbiotic relationship is undeniable. They will get the companionship, to everyday life, and we will get their stories, as well as their hugs, and the best of all, we will get those famous, secret recipe cookies.