Connecting well with friends and family can help you stay healthier, age well and live longer.
The U.S. Harvard Women's Health Watch in 2010 reported on a study that examined data from more than 309,000 people. It was concluded that those without satisfying social ties are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely, comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day.
Going it alone is also linked to depression, higher blood pressure and cognitive decline with age. Yet personal companionship is shown to:
For cultivating a more active companionship circle, consider the following:
For those who cannot be present as a caregiver or regular companion to elderly loved ones, Right at Home provides companionship services, such as socialisation, cognitive stimulation, playing games and letter writing.
While it is fun to stay in touch online, remember that in-person companionship may well clear your arteries, protect your memory and lengthen your longevity.
How can your elderly loved ones develop and maintain stronger social connections?