Although caring for grandchildren with disabilities often brings substantial joy to grandparents, it can adversely impact grandparents' physical health. For many grandparents, caring for their grandchildren makes them feel younger, mostly because they are more physically active and maintain healthier diets.
physical health, grandparenting, grandparents, children, disability
Family, Life Course, and Society | Gerontology
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The author is an affiliate of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies. The authors also thank Shannon Monnat and Megan Ray for edits on an earlier version of this brief.
National Institute on Aging
Abdul-Malak, Ynesse and Harrington Meyer, Madonna, "Physical Health Impacts of Grandparenting Children with Disabilities" (2020). Population Health Research Brief Series. 11.
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