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Help Add Years to Your Parents’ Lives

Years ago, when my children were being obnoxious youngsters, I would say they were giving me gray hairs and taking years off my life. If you could see my hair now, you would wonder what those kids must have put me through to give me a full head of white hair. However, as far as years being taken off my life, my kids have given them all back to me. How? Regular phone calls and visits to combat loneliness.

Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation are downright terrible for the health of older adults. Some have even called loneliness a bigger health risk than smoking or obesity. By spending more time building relationships with your parents, you can help them have a more fulfilling life without loneliness, which in turn will make them live longer.

As people age, relationships with their family become more important than ever. Spending time with loved ones or friends often leads to laughter. Laughing is a powerful means of combating mental illness, such as depression and cognitive impairment, as well as other health problems like coronary artery disease. Laughter has been shown to boost immunity, lower blood pressure, and stimulate both blood flow and mental activity. Younger family members will also benefit from spending time with senior family members by learning family history, traditions, recipes, and funny family stories.

With these principles in mind, try to schedule routine visits with your parents, starting this week. If your schedule doesn’t allow or you don’t live near your parents, work in time for a quick phone call or video chat through Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook Messenger. Check in with them routinely, talk to them, and share what is going on in your life. It makes your parents feel like they are a part of your life and lets them know that you care about them. And last but not least, don’t forget Exodus 20:12, “Honor your father and your mother.”

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…Treat Others As You Would Have Them Treat You … Matthew 7:12