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The staying power of playing

The staying power of playing

Thursday, February 29, 2024


In 2017, a group of researchers released the findings of one of the first studies on the benefits of adult play, especially with younger generations. 


If you are waiting (patiently, we know) for grandchildren, let your kids know that playing with your grandchildren will help keep you young. Maybe that’ll spur them on.  


According to research from the National Institute for Play, “Making play a regular part of your life is incredibly powerful. Play supports our mental health, improves our ability to relate to others and increases our drive and hope for the future.”  


Here are some ways that playing with your “grands,” as some people call them, improves your life. 


Physical play 

Playing with grandkids often involves physical activities like running around, playing sports or going for walks. Staying active can help maintain your physical health and mobility, which can contribute to a more youthful feeling. 


Brain play 

Engaging with young children provides mental stimulation as you interact with them, answer their questions and participate in their games and activities. This helps keep your mind active and may contribute to cognitive health and acuity. 


Emotional bonding 

Spending time with grandchildren can bring joy, laughter and a sense of purpose. Building strong emotional bonds with family members can contribute to overall happiness and a positive outlook on life. 


Keeping your cool 

Interacting with younger generations can help you stay connected to current trends, technologies and cultural shifts, which can contribute to a sense of relevance and engagement with the world around you. 



Playing with grandchildren can provide a break from the stresses of adulthood, allowing you to enjoy playful, carefree moments and focus on the simple pleasures of life. 


Overall, the combination of physical activity, mental engagement, emotional fulfillment, social connection and reduced stress that comes from playing with grandkids can contribute to a sense of youthfulness and vitality. As we all know, you are as young as you feel. 


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