Seniors Who Care Live Longer
Be nice.Your life might just depend on it.
Older people who took care of others lived longer than seniors who were less helpful,a recent study found.It was one of the first inquiries to focus on people who give care rather than get it.
The study,which began in 1987,surveyed 423 married couples living near Detroit.At the beginning of the project,husbands were all 65 years of age or older.Wives were slightly younger.After 5 years,134 participants had died.
When researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor recently looked at surveys taken during the study,they found some interesting patterns.
Participants were half as likely to die during the course of the study if they regularly helped friends,relatives,and neighbors with tasks like errands and housework.People who listened closely and lovingly to their husbands and wives survived longer,too.
It's not clear whether being helpful led to a longer life or whether healthier people were more likely to offer help.
Still,it might make sense to get in the habit of helping others.It may be best for you,too,in the long run.