admin - May 22, 2014
Looking for ways to stay sharp as you age? The answer is simple, fun and good for you – just babysit your grandkids at least once a week.
Grandparents who care for their grandchildren have a lower risk for developing Alzheimers and have increased mental sharpness. Just be careful – too much of a good thing can be harmful.
Get the Details
Researchers from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project study in Australia studied 186 women and put them through a series of tests for memory and mental processing ability.
So what were the results? Grandparents, and specifically grandmothers, who performed significantly higher, were the ones who cared for their grandchildren at least once a week. However, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, and those who cared for grandchildren five days a week performed worse.
So how does it all work? Caring for grandkids keeps you socially engaged and active, just be careful to avoid the high stress levels of becoming a full-time caregiver.
Tips for Staying Active with Your Grandkids
Don’t just watch shows or pop in a movie when you babysit your grandchildren, keep their minds and bodies active – and yours too!
Visit a local park: If a park and playground is nearby, take a walk to go visit. Relax on the swings while they play and run around, or bring a sports gear to play soccer, tennis or basketball.
Bike around the neighborhood: Get our the bike helmets and go for a ride around the neighborhood. If you aren’t up for biking with them, walk while they ride around the neighborhood.
Chalk it up: Let your creative side show and color the driveway with artwork.
Work on educational activities: Help your grandkids out with their schoolwork, or prepare them for school with fun and easy to use workbooks.
Get Cooking: Open up your cookbook and pick a recipe – you don’t need a special occasion to bake some delicious cookies.
These are just a few ideas to get you started but there are so many more! Go swimming, play hide and seek around the house or create a puppet show, use your imagination.
Taking Care of Your Health
While taking care of your grandkids may help prevent developing Alzheimers and help increase mental abilities, you still need to focus on taking care of the rest of your body. Screen for Life offers customizable screening packages that can prevent life-changing diseases. Check out the health screenings that we offer, and schedule yours online with us today.
5 Comments so far