Forget the Sunday night phone call. Grandparents and grandkids are connecting— and connected—as never before.
Certainly, it’s nothing new that kids are plugging in and staying connected. But what is new is that it may be a grandparent on the other end of that virtual tin can—and that technology is bridging the vast age and distance gap that has long divided the generations. “A group of us was having dinner, and one woman had to tell her husband to put his iPod Touch away. He was emailing his grandchildren,” says Mary Henderer, a Wilmington, Del., grandmother of four.
It’s a perfect storm of demographics and technology.
As a group, grandparents and grandchildren have plenty in common. They have free time, disposable income for gadgets and gizmos, and a keen interest in staying in touch with people. continue reading>>
Source: The Wall Street Therapy
A new study has confirmed an old adage: A family that plays together stays together. Researchers from Concordia University and Wilfrid Laurier University examined the ways grandparents can maintain close ties with their adult grandchildren. True to the old maxim, recreation emerged as the glue sealing intergenerational bonds. continue reading>>
Source: Science Blog
Annie Barnes, 67, is keeping extra busy in her golden years raising her grandchildren, Shakela Sparrow, 15, and Alonzo Gathright, 17.
As of the 2000 census, 83,946 New York City grandparents – most of them single grandmothers – were the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. In the Bronx alone, 18,970 grandparents were raising their grandchildren.
It’s a burden made heavier by the fact that about 20% of city residents 65 and older live at or below the poverty line – twice the national rate for the elderly.
The 48 grandmothers and two grandfathers who live in the 50 units in the Grandparent Family Apartments have an average income of $10,000 a year, with 30% of that income going toward their rent. All are African-American or Hispanic. full article>>
Source: NY Daily News (Karen Angel , 06/21/2010)
Senior citizens who think they are helping a grandchild in distress are becoming victims of the “Grandparent Scam,” warns the Better Business Bureau. The scam usually involves a phone call in the middle of the night to a senior citizen. The caller pretends to be their grandchild, who claims to be in trouble and needs money right away. The scam has occurred in more than a dozen states, including the Philadelphia area; as much as $19,000 was stolen from a single victim. READ MORE>> CBS 3 REPORT>>
Source: Better Business Bureau