Proof: Babysitting is beneficial for grandmother's brains
BABYSITTING your grandchildren is good for your brain, as long as you don't overdo it.
That was the finding of a study of 186 Australian postmenopausal women (57 to 68-years-old), of which 120 were grandmothers, who were assessed to gauge whether the bonds between grandparents and grandchildren were important for improving memory, cognition and quality of life into old age.
The Women's Healthy Aging Project assessed the women for memory, cognition and mental health.
How often do you look after your grandkids?
This poll ended on 29 December 2016.
Once a week.
A few times a week.
Once a month or so.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
It was found that the women who babysat grandchildren one day a week scored highest in cognition tests at the end of the research period.
Grandparents who engaged with grandchildren once a week also had higher recall performance and were also at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.
However, their cognitive performance suffered when they babysat grandchildren five or more days a week, causing the women to score lower on working memory tests.