Who, being loved, is poor? – Oscar Wilde

Grandfather and grandsonLove, in all its forms, is a source of joys and challenges regardless of age. But, interestingly enough, several studies have shown positive health consequences.

With love, increases the production of certain hormones in the brain linked to cognitive functions and voluntary movement.

For older people, loving and being loved can represent the solution to a long and high quality life. Affection, physical contact, laughter, among other elements that form part of a positive affective relationship, trigger parts of the brain, which in turn generate physiological activity that determine a state of high quality in our health.

To love and to know oneself loved also causes in the individual the desire to take better care of himself through food, physical exercise and other healthy habits, for his own sake and for the satisfaction and peace of mind of his loved ones.