Survey: Seniors Want to Spend More Time with Family

Megan Ray  |  November 7, 2011

A recent survey commissioned by the National Council on Aging and Humana Inc., found that nearly 90 percent of senior participants felt revitalized after spending time with their families.

In addition, about 45 percent of respondents said that their families don't hold enough reunions, and nearly one-third see themselves as the "connector" in the family - the person who brings everyone into communication with each other.

The survey suggests that family reunions and the management of familial relationships inspire seniors to stay active and take care of themselves. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed said they wished they spent more time with their families.

AARP writer Barbara Graham, who is a grandmother of two, reports that there is nothing like spending the day with a young child. She says it makes her remember why it's thrilling to be alive. In addition, she said it helps her live in the moment. She loves spending time with her family because she is able to learn from her young grandchildren but also teach them lessons from her life, she writes.  

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