Being a grandparent is that final milestone when it really hits you that you have finally entered your golden years. You start to become really scared of the future and what it holds. You are even more scared of people and how they think of you. Worst of all you are afraid of having to depend on others to do things that were very simple before. But here, we will tell you why being a grandparent shouldn’t scare you.
1- Being a grandparent means that you fight depression better. Researches have proved that seniors involved in their grandchildren’s lives showed fewer symptoms of depression. Moreover, the grandchildren themselves showed better depression-fighting levels.
2- Being a grandparent makes you more perceptive. An Australian survey has proved that grandmothers who were involved in their grandchildren upbringing, and helped take care of them showed significantly better levels in cognitive functions.
3- You become more active if you are a grandparent involved in your grandchildren’s life. It has always been said that keeping busy and staying active is the key to aging healthy. So as a grandparent who is involved in his grandchildren’s life, you are more active and thus healthier.
4- Grandparents who take care of their younger grandchildren have better immune system. When they hold or hug their infant grandchildren, grandparents’ white blood cells increase while their inflammatory cells decrease.
5- As a grandparent involved in your grandchildren’s life, you have a new purpose. It is often that seniors suffer from illnesses related to depression because they feel that at this age they do not have any more goals or anything new to try or do. But their involvement in their grandchildren’s life gives them a new sense of purpose and fulfillment.