Many stereotypes about grandparents are wrong.
On a recent visit to South Africa, comedian Trevor Noah interviewed his 91-year-old grandmother, who helped raise him—and hide him—during the last years of apartheid.
Marian Shields Robinson didn’t want to move to Washington, D.C. when her daughter, Michelle Obama, became First Lady in 2009. But her grandchildren, Sasha and Malia, were only seven and ten, and Marian was worried about them, she said in a recent interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning.
A housewife from West Virginia fought for years to get a national holiday for grandparents declared. In 1978, she won.
“Buddy, don’t forget,” Laura Mellencamp told her grandson daily. “You’re the handsomest, luckiest, most talented boy in the world.”
Celebrated chef Jacques Pépin and his granddaughter, Shorey, have created a video series and a cookbook together.
The veteran crossing guard of Harlem.
A pioneering experiment in Ithaca, New York.
Americans and Canadians are spending more years as grandparents than they did a generation ago, and they’re spending them in better health—even though they’re older when their grandkids are born.
How elders in San Diego are tackling the city’s biggest problems.
“This is such a joyful place,” says a vice president of the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. “The adults bring joy to the kids, the kids bring joy to the adults.”
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In search of meaning, urban 20-somethings in Japan are migrating to the countryside to live with or near their grandparents.
When she was in her mid-80s, Kusum Lele lost interest in everything. A friendship with a 24-year-old brought her back to life.
“When I tell people I live in a retirement community, I get a lot of mixed reactions,” says 26-year-old violinist Tiffany Tieu. “Some people don’t believe me.”
These savvy and tenacious grandmas are fighting for justice.
In the new remake of “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno, 85, steals the show as a flamboyant, opinionated, and sometimes overzealous grandmother.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grandparents are healthier, wealthier, and longer-lived than ever before. What does this mean for us all?
Grandparents are healthier than they were 30 years ago, even though they’re also older, a Canadian study has found.
Grandparents and grandchildren need one another, so parents shouldn’t stand in the way, says grandmother and journalist Connie Schultz.
A woman honors the grandparents who shaped her.
Francine Prose returns to an island she fell in love with years ago.
Most moms work, but many can’t afford good daycare.
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.
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 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.
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.
After her husband died in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled the world as a diplomat, speaker, and activist. But she was never too busy for her granddaughter.
A poem about grandmothers by Lucille Clifton (1936-2010).
As a boy, Allen Say barely knew his grandpa. As a man, he came to understand him. That’s why he created Grandfather’s Journey, a picture book for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1994.
Would her grandma remember her? Jane Kim, 41, wasn’t sure. It had been 23 years since she’d last visited her in Korea, and she was nearly 100 years old.
Grandparents matter in profound, enduring, and sometimes unexpected ways. That’s what I learned from these recordings, which were made by three American families for the oral history project StoryCorps.
This time of year, I always think of my grandma Mia, who made me feel safe, special, and loved for 22 years.
More and more older Americans are giving money to their children and grandchildren, and the amount they’re giving is rising.
The legendary anthropologist Margaret Mead was homeschooled for most of her childhood by her grandmother, an iconoclast who rejected rote instruction as “stultifying” and emphasized learning by doing instead.
Children who live with a single mother and at least one grandparent fare just as well as children who live with both parents, research shows.
Stanley and Madelyn Dunham didn’t know many black people until their daughter fell in love with a college classmate from Africa.