What Role Do You Play in Your Grandchildren’s Lives?

You may love being a grandparent, but are you willing to help raise your grandchildren? That’s what NBC’s Today wants to know, in a new poll they have posted on Today.com in Maria Shriver’s blog post about the changing roles of grandparents. I’ve tracked this topic for many years, and AARP, MetLife and other organizations have gathered data indicating grandparents play important roles in their grandkids lives. Grandparents provide significant financial support and child care for grandchildren. Many live with their …

Grandfamilies Roundup: Studies, Housing and Resources

Grandparents Week brings to mind those grandparents who are playing a special role – those who are living in multigenerational households and/or raising grandchildren by themselves. These grandparents go the extra mile to be there for their grandkids. Here’s a roundup of new research, resources and supports for grandfamilies. After more than a decade of planning, the newest housing designed specifically for grandfamilies, Grandfamilies Place of Phoenix, opened the first week of August. According to Delmonte Edwards, executive director of Tanner …

Growth in Grandfamilies Leads to Food Insecurity

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared as an article in the May/June 2012 issue of Aging Today but has been edited for length. According to the U.S. Census, more than 2.5 million grandparents in America are householders responsible for grandchildren who live with them, and almost 20 percent are living in poverty. More than a third of these households have no parents present. A recent AARP survey found about one in 10 grandparents have grandchildren living in the home, and 43 percent …

Grand Day for a GrandRally

Nearly 600 grandparent and other relative caregivers nationwide gathered today on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the Fourth National GrandRally to make their voices heard and raise support for grandfamilies - and they sure succeeded in doing so.

Grandfamilies: Top Research Topics

I co-presented at a session, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Preliminary Results of a National Survey on Research and Practice” here at the American Society on Aging’s “Aging in America” conference in San Francisco, along with Deb Whitley from GSU and Andrea Smith from WMU. We were so pleased that we had a good representation of the next generation of researchers and practitioners at our session – undergraduate and graduate students. They are the future. They are the people who will be taking …

Support for Grandparents

Here in San Francisco at the American Society on Aging annual conference, “Aging in America,” I co-led a peer group session around grandparenting today, along with my friend Donna Butts, the Executive Director of Generations United. The highlight for me was meeting new people and seeing old friends…and getting fired up by their enthusiasm. A few of my inspired colleagues shared what they were up to: Ed Martinez, from a San Diego Health Center told us about recently meeting several grandparents …