Aging is an inevitable result of a long life. Many seniors (like me) who enjoy life want to extend their time on earth take vitamins, exercise and stimulate their mind with mind-teasers but one effective way is all in the family.
Did you know that taking care of your grandchildren on a part-time basis, not only strengthens your immune system and it can lengthen your life?
In a study conducted in Cleveland of people aged 70 and older saw positive results for seniors who engaged in caring for others. Yes, caring significantly increases live expectancy.
Ronan Factora, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic explains, “If providing care to grandchildren and others in need is one way that can actually reduce stress, then these activities should be of benefit to folks who are grandparents and provide this care to their grandkids.”
“We know that as you age, you want to stay physically active; you want to stay socially engaged; you want to be cognitively stimulated, and all those things allow you to age well,” said Dr. Factora.
“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,” Dr. Ronan Factora added.
Apparently, there is a link between people who live longer and those who can reduce stress in their lives. It seems those who care for others are sustained by the act of caring. If that’s not proof that we live in a world of wonder and miracles, I don’t know what else to say.
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