Family Time

Dan Buettner traveled the world to discover the secrets of the world's longest living people. Here's the 8th secret from his Blue Zones website. Loved Ones First 
Successful centenarians in the Blue Zones put their families first. This means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home (It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.). They commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love (They’ll be more likely to care for you when the time comes). This holiday season, take time to be with aging loved ones. In a recent Northwest Center for Creative Aging workshop, most of the attendees stated that they don't think their adult children really know who they are as a person.  Ask your parent or grandparent what they would like you to know about them. Then, listen. You might be surprised at what you didn't know.