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Grandmas Raising Grandkids Struggle With Depression

Posted on 08/30/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyThis is probably not going to surprise anyone, yet it’s still important to emphasize: A grandmother raising her grandkids full-time needs help with the depression and family strain that often results, according to a long-running study of grandmothers’ roles. The researchers found that “roughly half” of grandmothers raising their grandchildren full-time suffered symptoms of depression, researcher Carol Musil, Ph.D., a professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, told AARP. The study also found, however, that stressed grandmas …

Bonding With Older Grandkids May Prevent Depression

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSure, 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

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyThe 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

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 …