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h o u s e c a l l s { fall 2018 } 7 the buzz Spending time with grandkids certainly has a feel-good factor for grandparents, with all of those immune-boosting cuddles and stress-relieving giggles, but according to research published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, such quality time is also an exercise in healthy living. The December 2016 study of 500 seniors aged 70 and older suggests that occasionally caring for grandchildren may yield a 37-percent reduction in the risk of dying over the next 10 years. Those added years are made even sweeter by increases in mental health, brain function, physical fitness, and of course, butterscotch candies. Well Visits take a look: GRANDPARENTS WHO FOSTER EMOTIONAL BONDS WITH GRANDKIDS DISPLAY FEWER SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION. CONTINUING THAT CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WHEN THE KIDS ARE GROWN MAY REDUCE SYMPTOMS IN BOTH GENERATIONS, NOTES A BOSTON UNIVERSITY STUDY. A 2011 AARP SURVEY FOUND THAT 58 PERCENT OF GRANDPARENTS PARTICIPATE IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SPORTS, EXERCISE, AND GARDENING WHILE IN THE PRESENCE OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. 1 2 3 AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS DOCUMENTED INCREASED COGNITIVE SCORES IN OLDER WOMEN WHO PROVIDE ONCE- WEEKLY CHILDCARE FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." —HENRY FORD (1863-1947), AMERICAN INDUSTRIALIST } } When it comes to mastering a new skill, "practice makes perfect" is what we're told. But new research published in the journal NeuroImage argues that we'd be better served by another approach: practice, then sweat and sleep. In the study, participants were taught a basic motor skills task and then half were asked to exercise intensely for a quarter-hour. Results showed that people improved their long-term retention of motor skills when they worked out for even a short period of time immediately after learning the task and followed up with a good night's sleep. As little as 15 minutes of cardiovascular activity increased brain connectivity and efficiency, creating favorable brain conditions during the consolidation of muscle memory. The researchers, from McGill University in Montreal, believe the findings could lead to great strides in the recovery of motor skills in stroke patients and those with mobility problems due to injury, as well as in sports training. Flex your Memory Muscles HEALTH MYTH: Full-fat dairy is bad for your heart. TRUTH: When it comes to dairy, current dietary guidelines emphasizing fat-free products are starting to sour, thanks to new research published in The Lancet that links consumption of whole- fat dairy to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The nine-year study of 130,000 people worldwide found that moderate intake of full- fat milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter correlated with a 22% lower risk of heart disease as well as a 34% lower risk of stroke.

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