(StatePoint) When it comes to love and marriage, you may have heard parents, grandparents and other seniors say things like, “we were born in a time when if something was broken we would fix it, not throw it away.” Studies now suggest that this could be practical relationship -- and health -- advice.
Multiple scientific studies have shown lower mortality rates in married couples and other health benefits of being in love, such as a reduced risk of heart disease and lower cancer rates.
Luckily, many seniors seem to sense the importance of romance, as the 50-plus set is the fastest growing user demographic for leading dating service, Match.com.
Laughter is known to be the best medicine, which would explain why couples married at least 45 years include sense of humor among the top three reasons attributed to the pair’s success.
Senior Helpers, the nation’s premier provider of in-home senior care, strives to keep couples together by allowing them to age comfortably in their own home.
While a high quality of life rests on many factors, remember that love is free and can help boost health and happiness.