Go Visit Your Mom, It’ll Make Her Live Longer

Has your mom ever told you it “kills her” that you don’t visit as much as she wants? Well, she could be right.

For me, visiting my mom is not a nuisance, she’s one of my best friends and the advice I get from her is second to none. But I also understand that some people find it hard to spend prolonged periods of time with their loved ones.

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However, a new study indicates that even if you don’t love going to see your mom, it might be worth it to suck it up so she lives longer!

It’s already been documented that a relationship between grandparents and grandkids is healthier for everyone.

“We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations,” said Sara M. Moorman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute on Aging at Boston College. “The greater emotional support grandparents and adult grandchildren received from one another, the better their psychological health.”

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It also benefits the grandparents as well! The study found that grandparents who gave (and received) tangible support like rides to the store, help with chores, or money when things get tight, experienced fewer symptoms of depression over time.

“Studies have shown [loneliness is associated] with higher blood pressure, with nursing home admissions, with risky health behaviors like inactivity and smoking, and with dementia,” research from the New York Times states.

But what does this new study say about spending time with your mom?

Seniors are Befriending Hens Because Their Families Aren’t Visiting

For some lonely seniors, they have come to make poultry their new best friend.

While this isn’t the first time elders have taken to animals as a form of comfort, a group of residents at a dementia care center have found companionship with a group of hens.

Back in 2012, an elderly man constantly told the center’s staff he missed his “girls.” Unsure of what he meant, they would eventually realize the senior was referring to the hens he raised years ago.

According to ecorazzi, the nurses wanted to fulfill his wish, so they asked asked Douglas Hunter, the director of Equal Arts – a charity that provides creative projects for seniors – if he could provide the residence with a couple of chickens.

“Our main reservation was whether the staff would be annoyed by them, and wouldn’t have time to look after them,” Hunter said.

Despite being weary, Equal Arts decided to purchase six hens and a secondhand hen house.