New AARP Research on Grandparents Busts Stereotypes on Attitudes, Employment, Finances and Lifestyle
AARP released its Grandparents Today National Survey highlighting the latest trends among grandparents in the United States. Since 2001 the number of grandparents has grown by 24 percent from 56 million to 70 million. The research found that grandparents spend an average of $2,562 annually on their grandchildren, equaling approximately $179 billion dollars per year. The youngest grandparent is about 38 years old, with 50 being the average age of becoming a first-time grandparent.
The Mount Washington Valley Housing Coalition has launched an Accessorize the Valley campaign to inform homeowners about possible benefits of building an accessory dwelling unit. These small, independent housing units are often intended for an aging parent or a caregiver.
AARP and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission are guiding 14 communities through strategic planning to help residents live in their own homes as they age, rather than move into nursing homes.
I waited in Panera Bread, readying myself to interview the 2016 AARP New Hampshire Andrus Award for Community Service recipient. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious award, recognizing an individual 50 years or older who has made an impact on their community through volunteerism and inspired others to do the same. With that prestige in mind, I admit I was nervous.
In honor of November as National Family Caregivers Month, Create the Good from AARP is sponsoring a unique way to nominate and honor a caregiver. We're sponsoring 25 Days, 25 Ways to Care, a contest and sweepstakes in which you create and submit a short video of your favorite caregiver. The award is a $2,500 donation to a charity of the caregiver’s choice!
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