grandparents

Beware of Grandparents Scam…Again

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsSummer 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

Posted on 07/1/2013 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyIf 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 …

More Than Our Golden Girls

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then — the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums — were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

Things Grandparents Never Thought They’d Do

Posted on 05/3/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Home & FamilyDo 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 …

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 …