Want to keep your grandma and your parents around for as long as possible?Spend more time with them! Research has shown that loneliness really takes a toll on older folks and a study from the University of California San Francisco finds that people who aren’t lonely live longer, too.
The study followed 1,600 adults with an average age of 71 and found that the lonely ones had consistently higher mortality rates, even taking into account socioeconomic status and health. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, compared to 14% of folks who say they had adequate companionship.
So spend some more time with mom -- it helps both of you!