Posted by: Bert Copple | September 25, 2010

Study Shows the Benefits of Having Close Ties

Having close ties with family and friends may boost your longevity, making as much difference as not smoking, a new report suggests.

Researchers, who looked at the results of 148 studies, estimated that adults with strong personal relationships may live an average of almost four years longer than those with weaker social ties, a Health Day article notes.

Study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad of Brigham Young University said that the analysis doesn’t prove that relationships directly help people live longer, but it seems clear that “our relationships come with more than just emotional benefits. They can influence our longevity and our health.”

Strong relationships appear to have an effect comparable to that of quitting smoking and a greater effect than risk factors such as obesity and alcohol abuse, she said.

Study authors say the challenge now is to put this information to good use. They noted that in this era of technology, the quantity and quality of relationships seem to be decreasing.

There is nothing more important than having someone to talk to, as loneliness and depression can set in without them. We are in an era of individuality and self-reliance, making close connections to friends are relatives less prominent. People always need someone to express their thoughts too, especially when it comes to older adults. Companionship is the best medicine, and there is no better place to look than Home Instead Senior Care.

The CAREGivers at Home Instead are friendly, open and caring for seniors in need, even if the only thing they need is a companion. Only a very small percentage of our potential CAREGivers are hired, as we make sure they are people who are not just there to assist seniors with physical needs, but with emotional needs as well.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com . Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

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