More Grandparents Care for Grandkids, New Report Finds

Grandma’s house isn’t only a great place to visit. For a growing number of children, it’s a great place to move in during bad economic times. A new report from the Pew Research Center, “At Grandmother’s House We Stay“, found that grandparents were the primary caregivers for more than 3 million children in 2011, a 20 percent increase from a decade earlier. According to Pew, those numbers surged between 2007 and 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession. Contest: …

Bonding With Older Grandkids May Prevent Depression

Sure, those grandbabies are cute, but a close bond with your adult grandchildren can help reduce depression for both of you – and the closer the bond, the more antidepression benefits there are, a new study finds. Much has been written about grandparents helping with - or even raising - young grandchildren. Yet “[w]e know relatively little about what grandparents and grandchildren do for each other on a daily basis during the grandchildren’s adulthood,” Boston College sociologist Sara Moorman, Ph.D., told the …

Grandparents Have Strong Role in Raising Children

The following is a guest post by Maryalice Larson – AARP Iowa Lead Volunteer  IT’S GREAT BEING A “GRAND”! WATCH AARP LIVE AUGUST 15TH, 9PM CT/10PM ET ON RFD-TV There’s a silly saying that goes something like this:  “If I had known how much fun grandkids are, I would have had them first!”   The reality is that grandparents, whether through blood, marriage, adoption, even just a special friendship with a child, play an important role in the lives of their …

Beware of Grandparents Scam…Again

Summer is prime time for scammers to come knocking at your front door – from home repair hucksters to magazine-selling malefactors. But being the height of travel season, the Better Business Bureau warns, it’s also ripe for the “Family Emergency Scam” – also known as the “Grandparent Scam,” named for its primary targets … and victims. In this ruse, scammers posing as family members – typically grandchildren -  telephone you claiming to have been arrested or hurt while traveling abroad. …

Enter AARP InstaGrands Photo Contest to Win a Trip to Hawaii

If you know a grandparent that’s getting silly on a Slip ‘n’ Slide or goofy with Goofy, do we have a challenge for you: the AARP InstaGrands Photo Contest. Take a picture of grandparent(s) and upload it onto Instagram and you are automatically entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, thanks to the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia. We’re looking for crazy, fun, offbeat pics in these three categories: Awkward Grandparent Photos (use #awkwardgrands when uploading into …

Things Grandparents Never Thought They’d Do

Do you find yourself at an imaginary tea party? What about slaying a dragon with a cardboard sword? Rolling down a hill at high speed? Listening to Justin Bieber? Laughing repeatedly at knock-knock jokes? How about umpiring a wiffle-ball game? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, and you are not under the age of 14 – you may be a grandparent. If you are a grandparent and have found yourself doing something you never thought you would, we …