News RoundupsAccording to the Pew Research Center, more than one-fifth of adults ages 25 to 34 live with their parents or in other “multigenerational” arrangements, the highest level since the 1950s. You’ve probably heard enough stories about this trend by now to know it doesn’t just reflect a renewed interest in family bonding; these “boomerang children” are mostly moving back in with mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa) because of unemployment and economic hardship. In fact, the recession reduced the rate at which Americans set up new households by at least half.
TravelI travel all over the world and I am known as one of the greatest shoppers ever! No flea market, neighborhood store or thrift shop in any part of the world, is missed by me. I have bargained in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and well ….all over the United States. When you think about it, bargaining has been the way all cultures have been set up for thousands of years. It’s only in modern times with big box stores …
News RoundupsTuesday I mentioned Marie Kolstad, left, an 83-year-old grandmother who had a breast lift with implants last month. “Physically, I’m in good health, and I just feel like, why not take advantage of it?” she told The New York Times. Yesterday Kolstad elaborated: “It was more about looking in the mirror and liking who I am.” She’s not the only one who feels that way.
News RoundupsIs mom getting a good night’s rest? A new study published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association links dementia in older women to sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing – for a short period – as they sleep. Researchers focused on women, average age 82, with various sleeping disorders, including apnea. They found those women “were much more likely than those with normal sleep habits to develop cognition problems within five years.”
RelationshipsThere are many different data sets we can look at regarding family living arrangements, multigenerational households and grandparents caregiving for grandchildren, but consistently they all show growth in recent years. The latest Census Bureau report on the topic once again confirms the increase in families bringing generations together. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the report, Living Arrangements of Children: 2009, which indicated 7.8 million children live with at least one grandparent, more than double the 4.7 million children living …
News RoundupsDon’t mean to start the morning on a low note, but the numbers don’t lie. The recession rages and long-term unemployment rates are still high. As the country focuses on the very important issue of the debt ceiling (here’s an update), many segments of the population are asking,” Hey, remember us?”