According to research published in the journal, Evolution and Human Behavior, seniors that are actively engaged in their grandchildren’s lives tend to live longer than those who are not. Watching your grandchildren can provide a sense of purpose and boost self-esteem by providing care for another. Whether you spend the day at the park or go for ice cream, there are many options for spending time with your grandchildren. Here are a few fun activities to enjoy:
Go for a walk- This is a great activity to encourage exercise and connect with nature. Remember to always wear sunscreen when going out in the sun and to re-apply if you are outside for an extended period of time. If you are a senior concerned with mobility issues, BEK Medical, has a variety of products that will aid in your everyday needs to get around.
Make a lemonade stand- This will not only help your grandchild learn early entrepreneurship, but it is a perfect activity for a nice summer day that does not require copious amounts of physical labor. Simply set up a table and allow your grandchild to make a sign with a poster board and marker. You can make the lemonade fresh, or simply use your favorite store-bought brand. Before setting-up the stand be sure to comply with your local permit laws regarding vending. The fastest way to find out what is required, is to call your local health department.
Go for a bike ride- Riding a bike is a healthy-low impact form of exercise, perfect for a summer afternoon. When riding with your grandchildren be sure that they remain next to you or if they do ride ahead of you, that they remain within 6 feet of your bike. Bike riding is also a great way to improve cognitive ability and increase brain function. Here is a list of great bikes for people over the age of 60. If you are concerned with balance, opt for a tricycle. Tricycle’s are great for providing balance and support.
Read a book- Reading can take you places you never imagined. If your grandchildren are still developing speaking skills, reading to them will help encourage literacy and help them understand how to pronounce and enunciate words. Older children can also benefit from reading aloud- it encourages them to read on their own, introduces them to new words, and provides understanding of other cultures.
There are a variety of activities that you may enjoy with your grandchildren. Although time with grandchildren can be beneficial to your health, it is important to set boundaries with their parents. If your children have busy schedules, they may want more support from you to watch their children. Be sure not to over extend yourself as this can cause stress which will have the opposite effect.
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