The University of California states that “adequate companionship” for the elderly will help increase their lifespan and their quality of life. The study was specifically conducted on 1600 adults with an average age of 71—the adults who were lonely tended to have a higher mortality rate.

The older you get, it’s more important to have company around you because it’s healthy for your mind and body. A lot of people shun the idea of old-age homes for the elderly, but they’re actually recommended because people are able to redevelop their social circle by meeting new friends. As you get older, your social circle often diminishes and eventually you’ll need to make more/new friends.

For someone younger, it’s beneficial to be friends with the elderly not only because they have great stories to tell, but also because they can pass on their wisdom to you. They can put a lot of things into perspective for you, given their experiences in life.

So next time you feel like chatting with someone, or feel like having a dinner party, call your mom, dad, and grandparents, because you’re improving the quality of their life and yours!

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