Grandparents, we have good news for you! Spending time with grandkids can boost your health. Grandparents who participate in their grandchildren’s lives tend to live longer than those who are uninvolved, according to a study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. Grandmothers who babysat their grandchildren at least one day a week had higher cognitive scores than those who never did, reported a study in the journal Menopause. One caveat: Raising grandkids may not have the same benefits due to stress or other factors.
If your grandchildren live far away, you can still have face-to-face time via FaceTime or Skype. With older grandkids, chat over text messaging or Facebook.
Not a grandparent? No worries. You may be able to enjoy similar results from being a foster grandparent or mentoring a child. Local churches and schools may also offer opportunities to volunteer with children.