We may be well into this year’s holiday season, but whether it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Eid, or just a regular day out of the year, visiting your senior loved ones is rewarding and leads to a myriad of benefits. The obvious upside is the emotional pickup we get when we visit family members we care about, and the boost they get from being reminded we love them. But the benefits are more tangible, too.
According to a review of studies in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, social isolation has been associated with worse health, increased rates of infection, depression, cognitive decline, and even increased mortality—dangers that are even more pronounced in the elderly. Maintaining open lines of communication with our loved ones can help ward off these detrimental effects and keep our senior family members feeling young and happy.
6 Reasons to Visit Loved Ones Over the Holidays
- Visits give you a chance to evaluate their health, safety, and well-being.