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Watching Grandkids Helps Grandma Stay Sharp

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A new Australian program finds that taking care of grandkids one day a week helps grandmothers’ mental acuity.

Researchers say that is good news for women after menopause, when women need to lower their risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders.

However, it seems that one day a week is enough as researchers discovered taking care of grandchildren five days a week or more had some negative effects on tests of mental sharpness.

That last point is interesting. It's like weight lifting: you should do it every week but not every day. 

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