The best stories from my site and beyond in 2017.
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 area’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.”
Proverbs about grandparenting from around the world.
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.
For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
Millions of people in Zimbabwe suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses, but the country has only 13 psychiatrists.
The hopes of a great-great-great grandmother in Kenya.
When she was dumped by her boyfriend, Awanthi Vardaraj thought her heart would never heal. Then her grandma coaxed her into the kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this extraordinary picture book, a girl’s grandfather inspires her to live well and do good.
The women’s basketball team at Franklin College in Indiana has a not-so-secret weapon.
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.
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.
A family of elephants is led by its eldest female, who’s often a grandma many times over. And the older she is, the better, scientists have learned.
The media paints grandparents as old, but studies show most of them aren’t.
A housewife from West Virginia fought for years to get a national holiday for grandparents declared. In 1978, she won.
Isn’t it time we discarded the myths and misconceptions about grandparents and started giving them their due?
“Standing at one remove from the new partnership, and all the hue and cry the blending of a family can involve, they have the potential to play a unique role for the stepgrandchild—part grandparent, part wise, trusted confidante.”
Maybe I would have made it through my 20s without him. But, to be honest, I can’t imagine how.
Kay Falvey, 89, presides joyfully over a massive clan.
A short tribute to my grandmother, who lived to 94.
A.J. Jacobs, a journalist and bestselling author, thinks he can build a family tree for all of humanity. Here’s what he told me about his project, his grandparents, and his most famous ancestor.
Lisa Drayer got 40 years with her grandmother. They were never closer than at the end.
A story of anguish and love.
A sociologist spent years interviewing grandparents who give a ton of time and money to their grandkids, often because their grown children are struggling.
Maybe women outlive their fertility to ensure that their grandchildren thrive.