How grandparents prevent kids from being ageist

Every day, I read what journalists around the world are reporting about grandparents and their families. Here are some stories that gripped me recently.

Time with grandparents may impact how kids view the elderly

Children who see their grandparents at least once a week and describe these visits as “happy” are much less likely than their peers to buy into negative stereotypes about elders, a recent Belgian study suggests.

“From a strong positive relationship they are more likely to learn things about older people that they might not otherwise have discovered such as their strengths, abilities, breadth of experience, and that they have a range of emotions and knowledge,” said a psychologist who reviewed the study results.

Reuters Health • January 11, 2018

Brides find non-traditional ways to celebrate grandparents

“Many modern couples are tinkering with tradition as they personalize their weddings, and that includes placing grandparents in more visible positions like flower girl or ring bearer, best man or bridesmaid.”

“These unexpected, high-profile roles are a departure from what many brides and grooms have done for years: quietly recognizing grandparents with a corsage or boutonniere, and having them walk down the aisle ahead of the bridal party to take front-row seats.”

Associated Press • December 5, 2017

Brett Favre would rather see grandsons play golf over football, talks concussions

“I got three grandsons. I’m not going to encourage them to play football, I’m not going to discourage them, but I would much rather be a caddie for them in golf than watch them play football,” former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said.

“People say, ‘I can’t believe he would say that.’ But you know, head injuries are going to continue. The quality of player is only going to go up, and that means concussions are not going to go down. So it’s a scary issue.”

USA Today • January 11, 2018

Want to be happy? Think like an old person

“Gerontologists call this the paradox of old age: that as people’s minds and bodies decline, instead of feeling worse about their lives, they feel better. In memory tests, they recall positive images better than negative; under functional magnetic resonance imaging, their brains respond more mildly to stressful images than the brains of young people.”

The New York Times • December 29, 2017