All parents rejoice! This is the best kept secret to longer life. A European study found that grandparents who babysit, no matter how infrequently, can live up to 5 years longer than grandparents who do not.
Scientist studied 500 German and Swiss seniors varying in age from 70 to 103. 10 years after the interviews half of the babysitting grandparents had died, while after only 5 years half of the non-babysitting seniors had died. Researchers concluded that whether the children were related or not, the act of caring for someone else can decrease risk of an early death by 37%.
Another recent study printed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that grandparents possess gene variants that keep them living longer. These gene variants, unique only to humans, actually protect against dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other age-related diseases in seniors. Scientists think this is due to the natural sense of purpose and desire to be a helpful member of the family.
Whether it is the need to be in their grandchildren’s lives, the increased activity level, or the boast in mental stimulation, spending time with grandchildren is a win-win for everyone.
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