Stay in touch with grandparents

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When was the last time you called your grandma? Your grandpa?

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Grandparents and their millennial grandchildren benefit by maintaining healthy relationships. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It’s easy to get caught up in school work, jobs, relationships, and so much more. Although grandparents may mean a lot to their grandchildren, it may be hard to find the time to call.

Interestingly enough, studies have found that a consistent relationship between millennials and grandparents lowers depression and has health benefits for both age groups.

Here are some of the top reasons for a strong relationship with grandparents:

1. Better health

As people get older they begin to face many health concerns. Stress and confusion can be an increasing factor for older people, especially when trying to figure out retirement plans, Medicare insurance and other life expenses. A recent study conducted overseas revealed that a grandparent who has a consistent relationship with his or her grandchild performs better on cognitive tests that those that do not. Additionally, according to the American Psychological Association, millennials are more stressed than any other current living generation. An active relationship with a grandparent can reduce stress and lower levels of depression and anxiety.

2. Wisdom and knowledge

A strong relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren can provide grandparents’ exposure to different ideas they may not otherwise be exposed to. Grandchildren can help connect their grandparents to the world of social media and technology, which could provide opportunities for more ways to connect with each other. On the flip side, grandparents can offer their grandchildren the wisdom and advice they have accumulated throughout their lives and provide a different perspective as a grandchild faces challenges in their developmental process.

3. Better development

Studies have shown that having a strong relationship with grandparents helps to develop a person’s emotional and social intelligence. Grandparents can help to develop and maintain family traits that can impact self-awareness and shape who their grandchildren are and want to become. Grandparents often exhibit a more rounded perspective on life’s issues and challenges than even parents do and as such, can offer valuable advice to their grandchildren as they deal with daily events.

4. Heritage and culture

Maintaining a strong relationship with grandparents also exposes grandchildren to being more familiar with their family history. Hearing stories of ancestors helps create a connection with family members and can create a stronger sense of belonging. Additionally, hearing and embracing stories that involve ancestors who overcame trials can inspire their descendants as they face their own life challenges.

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