Can Senior Hugs Lead to Better Health?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 11 January 2013

Grandma gives hugs better than anyone else, and now, new research proves that this is scientifically true — and good for you.

This new post from The Longevity Connection blog shares the results of a study published in the British Medical Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society. Researchers explored the “grandmother hypothesis,” the theory that additional life support (i.e. assistance with the feeding and raising of children) from grandmothers strengthens the family bond and helps us live longer.

If your biological grandmother is no longer living, there are plenty of women in assisted living who would be happy to fill the role. Many senior residents (both male and female) are lonely and starved for caring and appropriate human touch, which has a negative impact on their health. Read this post, A Smile, A Hug and the Power of Positivity in Assisted Living, for insights on the importance of physical contact in this care setting — whether giving a hug or holding someone’s hand, and how you as a family visitor, volunteer, or senior living employee can meet this need for so many seniors. And as the new study proves, you’ll extend your own life and improve your health in the process.

Get and give some senior hugs this weekend!



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