Science confirms grandparents who babysit grandchildren live longer

  • Grandparents who help babysit their grandchildren have longer lives
  • A UK study showed that grandparents who took care of their grandchildren lived at least 7 years longer than those who didn’t
  • Even elders who aren’t grandparents also benefit from taking care of their friend’s children

Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren live longer than those who don’t.

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They always say that grandparents’ love are like no other. Grandchildren who have loving “lolos” and “lolas” are indeed the luckiest. Now, Science has confirmed that spending time with their “apos” give grandparents amazing benefits.

The Berlin Ageing Study showed that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren had a 37% lower mortality risk than adults of the same age who don’t babysit. The UK study looked into the quality of life of over 500 pensioners, women and men aged 70 and older.

The study showed that grandparents who took care of their grandchildren lived at least 7 years longer than their counterparts who prefer to live on their own.

But this isn’t just limited to taking care of their children’s children, because older people who care for their neighbors or friends’ children also become more healthy and fit.

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The study showed that “non-grandparents” who took care of other people’s children also had an identical 37% risk reduction in mortality.

The study published in the UK’s National Health Service stated, “It found that all participants involved in providing care or help to grandchildren had a reduced risk of dying during study follow-up than non-helpers. Similar positive effects were also found for participants who help support adult children and others in their social network.”

The results of the study suggested that there is a correlation between helping and beneficial health effects, specifically “grandparental caregiving and mortality.”

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