7 benefits of caring for your parents

Benefits of caring for your parents

Receiving care can boost a person’s physical and mental health in many ways. But the companionship aspect of it can be life-changing.

With so many elderly people living alone, research (like this from Age UK) has highlighted the prevalence of social isolation in older generations – finding that around 1.4 million older adults in the UK are often lonely.

Unfortunately, science has linked social isolation and loneliness with a higher risk of developing various physical and mental health conditions. This includes high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, cognitive decline, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and a weakened immune system. For example, this study found that social isolation can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.

Therefore, providing care and companionship to your elderly parent can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health. Plus, caring for others can boost your own physical and mental health too.

Science shows that, biologically, giving to others – whether that’s our time, money, or attention – creates a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, which is caused by the activation of areas of the brain associated with pleasure and connection to others.

Research also suggests that people who give their time to help others have greater self-esteem, lower levels of depression, and improved physical health. For example, in this study, people who provided social support to others had lower blood pressure than those who didn’t.

Helen says, “Having to care for my mother is not only good for my mental health, but hers too. I’m a very happy woman looking after my mam. We have a positive mental attitude and a real good laugh together.”

Author: wpadmin

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