It is said that by the year 2030, one in every five Americans will be older than 65, marking the first time in the United States that people age 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five.
As the senior-citizen community continues to grow, it’s important to do what each of us can to honor and promote respect for older generations by people of all ages, in a culture known for emphasizing “youth” and “new” rather than honoring age and wisdom.
Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 13 is yet another opportunity to do just that. Here are five Grandparents Day activities to help your family celebrate:
While we’re growing up, we may be too young to fully appreciate what we learn on a daily basis from our fathers. Sometimes the lessons from dad might be about practical basics, such as how to set up a bank account or how to ride a bike or drive a car. At other times they may have been lighthearted, such as tips about how to wear the same shirt for two days in a row without anybody else realizing it or how to negotiate for the last cookie in the cookie jar.
Looking back, dad likely gave us some unexpected pointers that we find ourselves using to this day – lessons that we never saw coming and that probably bring a smile to our face whenever we practice them.
We hope you enjoy watching our video about some unexpected life lessons that some of us have learned from our dads:
Oh, those funny fathers.
Although we’re never sure when the moments will happen, we always seem to end up learning unexpected, and sometimes humorous, life lessons from dad over the course of our childhood. Perhaps it’s about how to shoot the perfect crumpled-up paper ball into a waste basket, or how to make the best meal from assorted leftovers. You just never know.
Watch this sneak preview to see some unexpected lessons, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the full video!
Parents treasure and love spending time with their grandkids. It often brings them back to the time when you were a child, and to fond memories they created with you. However, did you know that spending time with grandchildren might also benefit your parents’ health?
A study conducted by the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia found that post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. The study, published in the October 2014 edition of Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, assessed the cognition of 186 women. Based on a series of tests, the study reported that the highest cognitive scores were seen in participants who looked after their grandchildren for one day per week.
In turn, grandchildren can help their grandparents in a number of other remarkable ways. We’ve put together our own list of how grandkids may help to improve the lives of their grandparents – and vice versa:
Toys have a way of taking you back to your younger self, to the days when you were carefree and green to the ways of the world. If you were growing up during the 1980s or ’90s, you likely knew the lyrics to the “Full House” theme song, associated back-to-school shopping with florescent unicorn folders, and would save a week’s worth of allowance to buy a set of limited-edition Pogs. Are you a child of the mid-1980s to early ’90s? Here are 10 toys you probably loved and may still be hoarding in your attic: