The American Menopause Society argues that older adults can avoid cognitive impairment and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s or senile dementia when they keep their minds occupied in caring for the smallest in the family.
How many of us remember with affection and longing for our grandparents? Those who no longer have them even tell anecdotes to our children about them and tell them about the meals that the grandmothers did, or the times the grandparents took us to the plaza or played with us. How many cute memories!
Often grandparents are involved in an important and even indispensable way in family life; because in some cases when parents have to work for many hours they turn to grandparents for the care of the grandchildren knowing that they can always count on them and that with no one else they can be better.
But in addition to thinking about how positive it is for our children to enjoy grandparents and share time with them today we are going to refer to the effect it has for grandparents spending time with their grandchildren and sharing activities with them.
Some recent studies claim that older people gain health benefits because of the link they generate with their grandchildren.
They came to this conclusion after conducting an experiment on 186 Australian women aged 57-68 who underwent mental agility tests.
And they found that the best results were achieved by 120 of those 186 women who were precisely those who shared at least one day a week of the care and raising of the grandchildren. Contrary to what we may think this activity is beneficial to the mental health of older adults even when it is a significant physical wear and tear because it is not simple at a certain age to care for young children.
It is necessary to clarify that the care of the grandchildren and the participation in the raising must be limited because the excesses could generate precisely the opposite effect; and proof of this was that the result varied when the grandmothers took care of their grandchildren for more than five days a week and this represented a wear and a physical effort for which already women at that age are not prepared.
Dr. Gass, executive director of the American Menopause Society, said that grandmothers who have already entered menopause and need to care for their grandchildren have a social role that we must study to know exactly what their effects are.
As a conclusion, we can know that it is extremely satisfying for the grandparents to take care of their grandchildren, to pamper them, to play with them … But subjecting them to the pressure and responsibility that involves caring for young children can generate an inverse effect that will involve subjecting them to a stress that does not need.
The bonds that unite grandparents and grandchildren are wonderful and this satisfaction they feel when they are together release endorphins into the brain, making them feel useful, loved and valued; and what is more important making them feel happy.