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Caring for grandchildren extends life - the latest research results


Grandparents who take care of their grandchildren live longer than their peers who do not take this task.

Such conclusions were reached by scientists who published the results of the study in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior" and thus confirmed the long-known "grandmother's hypothesis", i.e. the value of an institution that is not only invaluable for children and grandchildren, but also has a beneficial effect on the seniors themselves. Perhaps this is due to the fact that seniors who have sufficient health and energy are involved in care. Or maybe the reason is quite different?

Maybe being with children is beneficial because it adds energy, rejuvenates, forces creativity, and allows you to laugh honestly?

A team of scientists led by Sonja Hilbrand in a 19-year study analyzed a database of 500 seniors aged 70 to 103. They were elderly people who were not the sole carers of children, but who helped in caring.

Engaging in care reduced the risk of death by 37% in the next decade of their lives compared to peers who were not looking after their grandchildren. The analysis did not only concern the age of the respondents, but also took into account health, economic and social status, etc.

Perhaps the reason for extending life is the very fact of feeling needed, the ability to achieve the goal and thus the increase in sense of value? Because the similar effect of prolonging life scientists have seen in seniors helping adult children, as well as people who are not family members ...

One thing is certain: caring for grandchildren is a task that most grandmothers and grandparents cannot refuse. If it does not become too aggravating, it is usually an invaluable source of joy.