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Why It's Important To Maintain Close Bonds With Parents Even When You're Far Away

“Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice.” Proverbs 23:25.

Oftentimes, we forget that as we start to get older, our parents do, too. Suddenly, we find ourselves caring for those who raised us as children, which creates a new spin on the relationship. While the relationship changes, it’s important to maintain a healthy bond with your parents, especially if they move into an assisted living community or are far away. Staying close to your parents throughout life is emotionally gratifying and can provide a wealth of cognitive benefits.

Reduced Risk of Dementia

According to a study by a team of researchers from the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia in England, results indicated that strong, positive relationships between aging parents and adult children were associated with reduced risks of dementia.

Communication is an essential part of long-distance relationships. Children may want to visit parents who are in assisted living communities often or at least call frequently to catch up.

Increased Empathy

A strong bond between children and parents leads to a greater understanding and empathy of health-related issues and other stressors. With increased empathy, it’s easier to understand what the other person needs, which can eliminate stress and misunderstandings before they happen.

Forming Friendships

Staying in contact with one another creates a friendship bond. When adult children and their aging parents become close friends, it can make care-giving tasks easier. We tend to want to do more for our friends, especially in their time of need. Everyday chores and tasks become natural and are more rewarding.

Becoming Better Parents

When children start caring for senior parents, they learn how to be better parents themselves. It’s also much easier to see the sacrifices your own parents made while you were growing up, which can make you appreciate them more.

New Relationships

Most parents see their children as kids regardless of their age. When healthy bonds form between adult children and their parents, it’s easier to transition into an adult friendship. This provides a wealth of benefits for all involved, including increasing your sense of belonging, boosting your overall happiness, improving self-confidence and self-worth and making it easier to cope with traumas and serious illnesses.

With increased technologies, staying in touch with others is easier than ever, even when you live far away from one another. All Bethesda Senior Living Communities offer plenty of opportunities for family members to visit and stay in touch with loved ones are available.