Grandchildren can be quite the blessing. Outside of their pure cuteness, they also are veryÂ beneficial to theÂ grandparents. Research published in theÂ journal of the North American Menopause Society foundÂ that grandmothersÂ who babysat once a week scored higher on cognitive tests versus those who did not. Â Like anything though, the key is moderation. Â The same study also found that grandparents who babysat five or more days per week scored lower on the same tests.
In addition to the study, there is a growing bodyÂ of research that shows social interaction is a key component toÂ healthy lifestyles for seniors. Â The National Institute on AgingÂ (NIA) says that there is a "strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults." The NIAÂ goes on to note that watching grandchildren helpsÂ seniors be more healthy and active.
So what are you waiting for? Â If you have a young child, this is the perfect excuse to get the grandparents to take theÂ kids off your hands for a day. Â It's a win-win for everyone.