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 …

Grandparents and Parents Need a College Savings Plan

We are currently in the midst of completing the college search for one son and beginning the college search for our second son.  We’ve needed a crash course to keep up with the application and search process these days but the savings work had started years earlier.  While most of the work falls to the parents and the student, the whole process of saving for school is very much a multi-generational activity.      I’d like to share some of our lessons …