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Want to live longer? Play with your grandkids. It's good for them, too.

By Bob Brody

06 Aug 2023 · 5 min read

informed Summary

  1. Regular physical play between grandparents and grandchildren can have numerous benefits for both parties, including promoting physical health, mental stimulation, and stronger relationships.

My 4-year-old granddaughter, Lucia, and I are once again getting athletic together.

One minute we're kicking around a soccer ball, the next we're shooting miniature basketballs. Later, with me holding her hand, she'll teeter-totter atop a foot-high stone wall along our driveway. Tomorrow, we'll probably have a pillow fight and chase each other around the backyard. Meantime, I'm ready for a beer.

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