In the first study of its kind, a team of scientists has found that grandparents who provide regular care for their grandchildren have an edge on survival over those who don’t.
The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
A New Jersey family marks the holiday each year with lights, cookies, and a party in honor of a long-lost matriarch.
Ask your grandparents questions about themselves before it’s too late, urges novelist Michael Chabon.
In this inspiring video from The New York Times, a dozen or so Americans over 85 offer advice on surviving and thriving in old age.
Older adults in the United States enjoy greater well-being than younger ones, but they’re faring far better in some states than in others, according to a recent survey.
You’ve probably heard about the latest blockbuster Disney movie and its teenaged heroine, Moana. But have you heard about her really awesome grandma?
With Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Steve Bannon headed to the White House, many of us are feeling powerless. We’re not.
Bob Townsend of Summersville, West Virginia practically grew up in the barbershop that his father opened in town during the Great Depression. Now, he owns the shop and employs his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson there.
This picture book celebrates both the bond between kids and their grandparents and the transcendent power of a story well told.
Though Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, he was “a spirited, joyous, uproarious, and happy boy,” thanks to his grandma, who raised and protected him.
Thanks to Craig and Tina Abernethy of San Diego for submitting this shot of themselves with their granddaughter, Calla, on Halloween last year.
All the Girl Scouts troops in her California town were full, so Kathy Richardson started a new one for her granddaughter and her friends.
In a beautiful essay, the novelist Ann Patchett recalls how she moved back to her hometown—Nashville, Tennessee—when she was 30, largely to care for her grandmother.
Melanie Salazar, 18, just started her first year at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, where her grandpa, Rene Neira, is completing his associate’s degree.
I’ve been asking grandparents around the country what they’re called and why. Here are a few of their stories.
The monumental stress of raising a child with autism can be eased by grandparents, who are often “ideally suited” to provide parents with support, scholars say.
Three generations, one road trip.
Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
When she was six, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents. Now, she’s the best gymnast in the world.
Contrary to popular belief, Americans are nearly as likely today as they were in 1950 to live in a multigenerational household, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
Grandparents are healthier than they were 30 years ago, even though they’re also older, a Canadian study has found.
The lonely plight of “satellite babies.”
“America has changed over the years,” President Obama told the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “But these values that my grandparents taught me, they haven’t gone anywhere.”
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
The rapper 50 Cent recalls the grandmother who raised him.
A woman honors the grandparents who shaped her.
For kids, summer means freedom. These books beautifully capture that.
Nancy Schatz is famous in Maine for the blueberry pie she learned how to make from her mother, who learned how to make it from hers. Here’s the recipe, which Nancy’s granddaughters have begun to master, too.
Let’s ditch the stereotypes and start embracing the truth instead.
Francine Prose returns to an island she fell in love with years ago.
Female orcas who’ve undergone menopause play a critical role in helping their extended families find food, particularly during times of scarcity, scientists have learned.
A picture book about what happens when parents get out of the way.
Reflections of a first-time grandmother.
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
Kids need love. Grandparents are good at giving it. That’s why an army of them is being recruited to serve in the public schools of Syracuse, New York, where too many students have been getting suspended and too few have been graduating.
I love the way Michelle Obama toasted her mom, who moved into the White House to help raise her granddaughters, at a Mother’s Day Tea in 2014.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz recently shot this portrait of Queen Elizabeth, who just turned 90, with her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren.
You’ll need some olive oil, a good butcher, and this recipe for Neapolitan ragù.
What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.
A retired pastry chef in Texas surprised his great-grandchildren on Easter with this one-of-a-kind confection.
In this pastel by William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), his wife and daughter are preparing for a visit with his mother.
I spent the final weeks of winter reading all the picture books I could find about spring. Here are my favorites. They’re simple, they’re deep, and they’re as gorgeous as the season.
A moving new song by country music star Zac Brown.
In this extraordinary picture book, a girl’s grandfather inspires her to live well and do good.
Alice Carter, 87, a grandmother from Boston, is halfway through a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Rabat, Morocco, where she’s volunteering at a youth center.
Guy and Joanne Sinclair have been raising their granddaughter since their daughter got hooked on heroin.
A tribute to grandparents for Valentine’s Day.
Archibald Motley, one of the most celebrated artists of the Harlem Renaissance, created two famous portraits of his grandmother, Emily, who was born into slavery in Kentucky.
The women’s basketball team at Franklin College in Indiana has a not-so-secret weapon.