Sources: *Study: Close grandparent-grandchild relationships have healthy benefits, The Boston Globe, 12/13/15. Most recent data available.
**The Health Benefits of Having (and Being) Grandparents, US News and World Report, 9/13/17. Most recent data available.
Being a Grandparent Can Be good for You
Being a grandparent is a blast, but it’s also good for you. An Australian research study showed that grandmothers who spent time watching their grandchildren performed better on cognitive tests than those grandmothers who didn’t, and better than women that didn’t have grandchildren.2
A 20-year research study from 1985–2004 found that when grandparents had close, positive relationships with their grandchildren, both groups experienced fewer symptoms of depression. Additionally, this study found that the closer the bond, the less depression was observed.3
Having Strong relationships with grandchildren can help reduce the risks of isolation
More people live alone than ever before—about one-third of Americans older than 65 and half of those over 85.4 Loneliness can increase risk of premature death by 30%, making it as risky as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.4 As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink as our peers and relatives move away or encounter health problems.5 Spending time with grandkids can help decrease the risk of isolation.