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Importance of Hugging Your Aging Loved Ones

Aug 15, 2017 by Anonymous

Hugs have been an important part of our life since we were children. They occur during sad times, happy times, and any time in between. As your loved ones begin to age, they may need the embrace of a hug more than you think. Hugging can produce a chemical reaction between the brain and the body that can help recover from illness and sadness faster, and may even result in a longer life.

Benefits of Hugging

  • Boost of Natural Chemicals in the Body
    Hugs boost dopamine, serotonin, and cortisone levels, which are all associated with alleviating negative emotions and replacing them with happiness. They also increase the production of a chemical called oxytocin, which is a healing hormone that is related to love, trust, and bonding. Hugs (from the right person) can be very therapeutic on the body in many different ways.
  • Improves Physical Health
    Some studies suggest that hugging can help increase the physical health of your loved ones by reducing blood pressure and heart rate, strengthening the immune system, regulating white blood cell production, improving glucose metabolism, improving sleep quality, and reducing pain.
  • Feeling Loved
    We don’t need scientific evidence to prove that hugs make us feel safe, loved, and secure. They also boost self-esteem and help your loved ones feel more connected to the people around us, which is incredibly important to seniors who suffer from physical ailments or feel like they are the alone. 

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References
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0956797614559284

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