grandparents

Games for the 50+: Grandparents & Grandchildren Find Adventures, Memories

Posted on 04/23/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyOver 60 percent of Americans over the age 50 are grandparents. But, as the average age of a first-time grandparent in the United States is 48, there are also a number of grandparents under 50, too. So, grandparents are something we feel is important to understand at AARP. We know that grandparents want to increase the connection to their grandkids and want to help get them on the right path in life. But, there are barriers — distance or physical …

Grandparents Can Help Grandchildren in Aftermath of Tragedy

Posted on 04/15/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyWhile details are still being learned about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, I wanted to share with you how you can help your grandchildren heal from a tragedy like this. We want them to be active and healthy throughout their lives, and encourage them to exercise —  perhaps even become a runner — and they might have questions about today’s events. So, how can we help our kids and grandchildren cope with these traumatic events? How can we help …

How a Random Act of Kindness Helped Me Heal

Posted on 02/21/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIt was my first trip to Pennsylvania since Pop Pop passed away, and I was equal parts excited and apprehensive — excited because it was (and is) my favorite place on the planet; nervous because my favorite person wouldn’t be there. My grandfather, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie, wouldn’t be in his chair in the living room, or a short walk away at the nursing home, where he spent his final year. Would it be depressing? Would …

Grandparents and Parents Need a College Savings Plan

Posted on 02/19/2013 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Your LifeWe 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 …

The Invisible Grandparent at CES 2013

Posted on 01/10/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your Life  After a few days at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), I feel like I’ve been virtually dipped in technology. There are 1.9 million net square feet of more than 3,250 exhibitors showing off their new technologies, with some 20,000 new products launched. I’ve seen gadgets, gizmos and robots. Audio, video, cellular, wifi. Cars, games, toys, health supports, exercise equipment, appliances, “connected” homes, cameras and music. Some companies talk about their target audiences, including kids, teens, young adults, moms, men …

Cool New Tech Gifts for Grandkids at CES

Posted on 01/9/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeCalling all grandparents! My first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has proven to be pretty overwhelming but also totally exciting! The most fun I had today was checking out some of the cool tech items geared for kids. There are literally hundreds of toys, learning tools, games and other entertainment for kids on exhibition here. As I went through the exhibit hall, here are just a few items I loved in a variety of price …