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Study: The more time you spend with your mom, the longer she’ll live

Loneliness can destroy you mentally and physically. For every individual living on this planet needs a partner with whom they can speak their minds out. For some, they seek partners and others to their family members, mum, sister or brother. And when you have a partner, especially your mum, may also benefit her.

Yes! speaking, or being closer to your mum, will increase her life span.

A new study that was conducted by the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness plays a large role in the decline so often associated with old age. The study that was done on 1600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. About 14% people survived within 6 years of the study as opposed to 23% who died.

“The need we’ve had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, who bring us joy — that never goes away,” Barbara Moscowitz, a senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The elderly place great value in those relationships, so much so that they often overlook a great deal more than their children or even their grandchildren do. It comes down to important relational skills, Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, said

It’s important to encourage elderly relationships as to invite our older relatives and friends into our homes. This is the reason why older people tend to thrive in independent or assisted the living environment. These living arrangements provide more ways to mingle, to connect, to thrive.

Spending quality time with parents and grandparents helps them, but it benefits us, as well — the symbiotic relationship is undeniable. They get the companionship and conversation so crucial to everyday life, and we get their stories, their hugs and, best of all, those famous, secret recipe roast potatoes

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