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This study wants you to hang out with your mom more — so she'll live longer

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This is probably something moms have been telling their kids forever, but it’s finally been proven to be true. A new study found that hanging out with your mom will help her live longer. And now moms all over the world are cheering with delight, probably. But do you blame them? Their kids are pretty great (that’s us, you guys!).

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness can play a huge part in the decline associated with old age.

The study followed 1,604 adults in the United States, with an average age of 71. Every two years from 2002-2008, the subjects were asked if they felt left out, isolated, or lacked companionship. The results found that people who were lonely showed higher mortality rates. Almost 23% of participants who considered themselves to be lonely died within six years of the study, as opposed to only 14% of those that felt they had companionship.

People who were lonely also showed functional decline on their daily living activities, an increased number of upper extremity tasks, decline in mobility, and increased difficulty in stair climbing. That’s likely because if they’re alone, they don’t have any reason to move around.

In older people, health decline isn’t just influenced by normal biomedical factors, but also by psychosocial distress… AKA loneliness.

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