For the most part, we spend time with people close to us in age. Here’s why we should branch out.
“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.”
The best stories from my site and around the web in 2016.
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.
All the Girl Scouts troops in her California town were full, so Kathy Richardson started a new one for her granddaughter and her friends.
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.
What it’s like to join the Peace Corps at age 86.
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.
Here’s a beautiful video about the national Foster Grandparent program, which pairs volunteers ages 55 and over with children who need a tutor, a mentor, or both.
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.
Babysitting for grandkids may boost your wellbeing, but if you’re pressured into providing care, you may suffer.
There are a lot of good reasons to move closer to your grandkids. Then again, there are some good reasons to stay where you are. I asked some grandparents who made the move what happened next.
Parents and grandparents need one another. How can they learn to get along?
A grandma in Massachusetts saves “every single thing” her granddaughters scribble, paint, sculpt, and glue.
How a woman who never had kids became a grandma.
Lisa Drayer got 40 years with her grandmother. They were never closer than at the end.
How an infant helped her grandmother bear cancer.
Whales need grandmas, too, it turns out.
A story of anguish and love.
What if you’re an ocean apart from your grandkids?
A reader in Missouri describes a transcendent moment with her grandson.
A grandmother in Oklahoma finds babysitting both magical and tiring.
A tribute to my dad’s father, whom I lost way too early.