‘The need we've had our entire lives—people who know us, value us, who bring us joy—that never goes away,’ Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, told The New York Times.
As well as inviting elderly relatives and friends around for dinner, experts say it’s important to encourage new friendships amongst peers.
Adds Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech: ‘They're pretty tolerant of friends' imperfections and idiosyncrasies, more than young adults,’ she said. ‘You bring a lot more experience to your friendships when you're older. You know what's worth fighting about and not worth fighting about.’
The other benefit of hanging out with your mum and grandmother? All those amazing hand-me-down recipes. Anyone for Nanna's trifle?!