It is no secret most of us want to live as long as we possibly can. Most of us tailor our day to day lives in a way that is aimed at keeping us healthy and prolonging our lives by eating healthy, exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol and so on. However, there is one more way that has been proven to do just that all the while leaving us happy and fulfilled. A new study shows that grandparents who babysit their grandkids live longer!
According to the data collected from the Berlin Aging Study, that focused on 500 people aged 70 and above, those who babysat or provided some sort of care for a child have a much lower risk of dying over a 20 year period compared to those who do not. Simply put, babysitting could scientifically prolong your life.
Dr. Ronan Factora, of the Cleveland Clinic, said, “You want to make sure that you find that right balance where you are doing what you can to stay active, doing good for the folks that you’re helping out with, but don’t do too much where you get to the point where you’re overly stressed.”
“Caregiving may give caregivers a purpose of life because caregivers may feel useful for the others and for the society. Caregiving may be thought also as an activity that (keeps) caregivers physically and mentally active.” Bruno Arpino, an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain who was not involved in the study said.
Professor Arpino further explained that caregiving is not the only activity that can improve health and should be done in moderation so it doesn’t take away from other beneficial activities like working, being in social clubs, or volunteering.
He said, “Children should take into (consideration) their parents’ needs, willingness and desires and agree with them on the timing and amount of childcare.”
In addition to that, another benefit that comes with babysitting is the social interaction that aids in keeping the brain healthy. On the flip side, spending time with grandparents is also great for children as it gives them extra stability and emotional support.