Grandparents Who Babysit Grandchildren Are Less Likely To Develop Dementia

Most people are delighted when the day comes when their own children have children. Becoming a grandparent adds a richness to family life that is delightful and filled with love. It’s a lot easier being a grandparent than a parent, because you get to enjoy the deliciousness of the kids and then they go home!!

That was sort of a joke, but scientifically speaking it has been proven to be true.

While babysitting little ones can be stress-inducing, a study has found that it can actually add years to your life. According to recent research, grandparents who acted as caregivers were more likely to extend their lifespans than grandparents who didn’t. Cleveland Clinic doctor Ronan Factora, M.D., says that the physical activity, social connectedness and mental stimulation that come with caregiving all play a role in aging gracefully.

The study looked at 500 people who were 70 years old or older over a 20-year time frame. Grandparents who had a role in babysitting for their grandkids had a lower risk of dying during that period than those who didn’t.

The reason why caring for grandkids can improve your health is that it can relieve stress. If this is surprising, remember that grandparents can usually give the kids back to the parents when things get too stressful. That seems to be the key to caregiving. Too much of it can be overwhelming, but taking on the responsibility in moderation can help you stay young.

Although you may think that physical health is what helps you live long, mental health plays a major part.

As you get older, your risk for cognitive decline increases. Caring for grandchildren provides social interaction that can help your mind stay young.

If your grandparents have lived to a ripe old age, you might have some beautiful memories of them playing with you. You don’t have to be a grandparent to take advantage of these benefits, though. The study showed that people who care for anyone else also get the physical and mental boosts that can extend their lives.

Parents who rely on the grandparents for babysitting duties should remember that caring for kids shouldn’t feel like a burden. Grandparents should enjoy spending time with the grandkids, and caregiving shouldn’t be a source of anxiety.


Elizabeth Warren DNA Test Story Backfires

The Boston Globe had to issue a second embarrassing correction to their story claiming that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is Native American, admitting that the newspaper made “a math error.”

Buried at the very bottom of the report where it does not say Chat Erotica Senza Registrazione, the newspaper issued the following correction:

Due to a math error, a story about Elizabeth Warren misstated the ancestry percentage of a potential 6th to 10th generation relative. The generational range based on the ancestor that the report identified suggests she’s between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American.

The embarrassing report from Annie Linskey even noted that the analysis of Warren’s genetic ancestry was based not on Native American DNA, but on Mexican, Peruvian, and Colombian DNA.

Even more embarrassing, a comprehensive study by geneticists estimated that the average European-American has 0.18% Native American DNA, which may be higher than Warren.

Warren’s gamble of desperately trying to prove her Native American ancestry appears to have backfired as she was widely mocked online.

James Woods was quick to brand her as “Señorita Warren”

“So today, baited by Trump’s gibes, Elizabeth Warren rushes headlong into self-parody with a lavish rollout of a DNA test that suggests that she may be (checks notes) 1/1,024 Native American,” Charlie Sykes wrote at the Weekly Standard. “The DNA test, notable for its imprecision, suggests that Warren may have a Native American ancestor somewhere “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” (Which reminds me that I have an ancestry report around here somewhere suggesting that in addition to my Russian Jewish ancestors, I am also descended from Scottish kings.)”