The will to live is an objective factor that allows you to live longer. To such conclusion experts of the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In this regard, according to scientists, apathy is a threat to human health, especially the elderly.
Apathy is an indifference and detached attitude to what is happening around, and also reflected in the lack of desire for any activity. In the course of the study, the researchers observed for the elderly in nursing homes and highlighted that such a state is typical for nearly every second of them.
As researchers found, people felt apathy, the risk of early death increased by 64 percent compared to those who fully felt the will to live. Moreover, among people suffering from senile dementia, apathy was more dangerous, the researchers note.
Summing up the results of their work, researchers recommend that an employee of the nursing homes make every effort to have living in these houses people have not experienced apathy. The study was published in the scientific Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Recently, another group of scientists came to the conclusion that life expectancy may be adversely affected by loneliness — the data gathered by them testified in favor of the fact that a large number of social ties allows to reduce approximately twice the risk of premature death. As noted by experts, are harmful to humans were all three considered “aspects” of loneliness — the actual living alone, social isolation and a lack of understanding of the interlocutors. Previously published another study, also demonstrates that large families and extensive social ties allow you to survive longer — however, the example of monkeys of the rhesus monkey.