An old adage states that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but now a study is saying a grandchild one day a week may keep the dementia away! The study done by the Journal of the North American Menopause Society reports that grandparents who watch their grandkids at least once a week were less likely to develop Alzheimers.
On the other hand, watching grandkids 5 or more days a week was detrimental to their cognitive ability.
Researchers found that Grandmothers (aged 57 – 68) who watched their grandchildren an average of one day a week scored significantly higher on a cognitive ability test than those that watched their grandchildren 5 or more days a week.
Apparently it’s all about balance!
Researchers believe the social interaction with children keeps grandparents alert and stimulates the brain better than any other activity.
Do you spend time with your grandkids on a regular basis? (If the answer is no, you might want to reconsider!)