Caring for Grandchildren Helps Live Longer

A new research, the results of which were published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, suggests that grandparents who gave care to their grandchildren lived an average of 5 years longer compared to those who did not.grandchildren

The scientists also reported a similar effect among senior people who didn’t have their own grandchildren but cared for kids outside their families or provided help to people in other ways.

For the study, the scientists analysed data on lifespans of about 500 people from Germany and Switzerland aged from 70 to 103. They used data from the Berlin Aging Study from 1990 to 2009.

Ralph Hertwig, director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, says: “Helping shouldn’t be misunderstood as a panacea for a longer life. A moderate level of caregiving involvement does seem to have positive effects on health. But previous studies have shown that more intense involvement causes stress, which has negative effects on physical and mental health.”

More information about this study is here.

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