The Health Benefits Of Caregiving

The emotional stress of caring for an elderly relative has been shown to increase risk of depression, disease, and even death. But a new study from Boston University found that, though caregivers had more stress, they had lower mortality rates than non-caregivers over eight years. Caregivers also performed better on physical tests measuring things such as walking pace and grip strength. The results suggest the activity caring for a relative requires can provide benefits to physical health and cognition. Dr. Lisa Fredman, a Boston University epidemiologist, said most caregiving activities require you to move around a lot, which keeps people on their feet. In addition, handling complex financial issues and monitoring medications can help slow cognitive decline. More here.

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