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“If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” -Lois Wyse
Grandparents play a crucial role in the lives of their grandkids. Grandparents can be their biggest cheerleader, their most trusted advisor, and their favorite escape from mom and dad. From being allowed to stay up a little bit later, to all dietary restrictions going out the window, grandparents have a special place in the hearts of their grandkids. In fact, a recent study from the Berlin Aging Study showed that grandparents who provided care for their grandchildren actually lived longer than those who didn’t.
Unfortunately, as you age, your vision and hearing can dull, your joints can get a bit achier, and it can generally be harder to keep up with little ones. This can impact your ability to enjoy those precious and fleeting moments, so it’s important to stay in tip top shape. Here are a few ways that you can keep your mind a little sharper and your body a little more limber to enjoy those precious ones.
- Work It Out: Running after little ones through a particularly spirited game of hide and seek or carrying a wriggling toddler can take a toll on aging bodies. One way to combat this is to regularly engage in strengthening, endurance, balance, and flexibility exercises according to the National Institute on Aging. Regular physical activity can make it easier to perform everyday tasks, decrease your risk of catastrophic falls, and keep you physically able to care for little ones.
- Good, Old Fashioned Fun: Between increasingly aggressive school curriculums, a growing attachment to screens and electronics, and jam-packed activities that leave little room for play time, being a kid just isn’t what it used to be. Recapture the magic of childhood with your grandkids through activities that you used to enjoy before Facebook friends came before real friends. Try activities like camping in the living room with your own blanket fort or have an old fashioned family game night to connect without screens!
- Boost Your Brain: While training your brain via apps or specific games has been debunked as a way to ward off cognitive decline, studies have shown that physical exercise and spending time learning a new activity or skill can boost your brain. To do some double duty, try taking a dance or karate class with your grandkids where you both can learn new steps, new skills, and get a bit of workout. Keeping your brain sharp can make sure that you can enjoy time spent with your family!
- Use Safety Devices: As you age, balance, vision, and blood pressure issues can lead to dangerous falls. In the event of these falls, even the best case scenario usually requires surgery, a strenuous rehabilitation schedule, and the chance of not being able to live independently afterwards. To preserve your independence, pick a LuciLife product that best fits your lifestyle. LuciLife is available to help you during a medical or physical emergency with our 24/7 monitoring system.