Children of Aging Parents Are Often Nearby, Study Finds
For decades, demographers and gerontologists have investigated the senior migration. Researchers talked about “amenity moves” when healthy retirees head for places with gentler climates and lower costs of living, and “assistance moves” when those same people return, less healthy and more needy, to live near family. They published articles about the so-called J-shaped curve.
“It wasn’t until later that people began to ask, ‘What about the kids?’” said Michal Engelman, a University of Chicago gerontologist and an author of a new study that helps answer that question. “We had a hunch there was more to this story.”
Isn’t there always? Much of what we think we know about who lives where as people age — a key factor in this country, which plunks elder care responsibility so squarely on family shoulders — is simplistic or plain wrong. more>>
Source: Paula Span/The New Old Age
Two blondes and a redhead are in the kitchen focused on a singular task – cooking a pot of tasty tomato basil soup.
The blondes are Mary Raab, 66, and her 9-year-old granddaughter, Sterling Stanchak. The redhead is Sterling’s aunt and Raab’s daughter, Meghan Rader, 39.
This trio enjoys cooking and relishes good food, often doing both together. Continue reading >>
Source: The Sun News
Older Australians living it up in their golden age ….
Old age has become the gold age for a rapidly building “tidal wave” of the Illawarra’s populace.
The baby boomer generation, the largest demographic Australia has seen and the one that has changed almost everything it has touched, is reaching retirement age and rather than retreating into their shells, the boomers are choosing to live it up.
With money, time and longer lives to enjoy, it’s a golden age to be growing old, social researcher Mark McCrindle says. continue reading>>
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Source: Illawarra Mercury
Written by Lynn Schnurnberger (Parade.com) 05/02/2010
It Takes a Village
Multigenerational living is on the rise. A recent AARP study found that 6.6 million U.S. households had at least three generations of family members in 2009—a whopping 30% increase since the 2000 census. More than a third of Coldwell Banker real-estate agents recently reported an uptick in buyers looking for homes to accommodate multiple generations, and 70% expect to see even greater demand in the year ahead.
The trend is fueled in part by the economy, with “baby boomerang” kids returning to the nest after college, along with 30- and 40-somethings who have lost their jobs or homes or both. But Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, sees an upside. “Parents and grandparents are like the National Guard—they’re called up to active duty when there’s a crisis,” he says. “But while families may be moving in together to save money, they’re discovering the advantages of shared child- and elder-care and an enriched family life.”