Study Says Grandparents Who Babysit Their Grandkids Live Longer

The next time you’re taking a needed break from your little ones, call Mom or Dad and get them in on the babysitting action – it’s probably good for them. Ronan Factora, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, recently conducted a study of elderly people who participated in the Berlin Aging Study.

Factora says that it’s overall better for the health and wellness for grandparents to take an active role in babysitting their grandkids. He also found out that parents have increasingly been slipping this study into their parent’s email inboxes when planning trips out of town. Hmmmm.

Study Focussed On Those 70 And Over

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Dr. Factora’s study surveyed 500 people who were 70 and older who took part in the Berlin Aging Study. The Berlin Aging Study says about half of people aged 90 and older exhibit serious mental decline, that memory gets worse with age, and that many over 70 do not have serious impairments in intellectual functioning.

Dr. Factora proves that babysitting could be a great way to extend healthy and active years. Babysitting let grandparents and grandchildren can spend time together and grandparents can take advantage of and prolong their good health. It’s a win win.