It's Time to Celebrate the Grandparents! | Ooltewah, TN Walk-In Clinic

Did you know that Grandparents Day is Sept. 10? The team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants to know what you have planned to help celebrate your grandparents this holiday, especially since close grandparent-grandchild relationships can be beneficial to your health.

An Ever-lasting Bond

Studies have found that grandparents who babysit their grandchildren could actually benefit from a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. And it doesn’t even have to be five days a week. Researchers from the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia found that even caring for grandchildren one day a week could help lower the grandparents’ risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of neurological disorder.

However, a lower risk of dementia isn’t the only way grandparents can benefit from spending time with their grandchildren. The bond being formed between grandparent and grandchild also helps to reduce the risk of depression in both the grandparent and the grandchild. Not only are these bonds helping grandparents and grandchildren stay connected throughout both their lives, but the relationship is also helping to boost their health!

Plan Some Family Fun

Whether it’s been a day, a week, a month or a year since you last saw your grandparents, it’s important to spend time and make memories while you can.

Therefore, on Sept. 10, make it a point to spend some time with your loved one if you can. There are plenty of ideas for family fun. Camp in your own backyard and have the grandparents share stories from when they were little. Host a tea party at home for just the two of you to sit and catch up. Visit the Chattanooga Market and gather up some local fruits and vegetables that you can later use as ingredients for a dinner you can cook together. And the ideas go on and on.

Has it been a while since either you or your loved one had a wellness check? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah this week for a checkup to help ensure your health is on track for plenty of adventures with your family.