It’s never too late to join the Peace Corps

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

PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER VALUES STAYING ACTIVE IN OLD AGE

Alice Carter with a friend in Morocco. Photo from NPR.

Alice Carter of Boston is currently the oldest member of the Peace Corps. Here, she poses with a friend in Morocco. Photo from NPR.

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.

She would have joined the Corps when it was founded in the 1960s, she says, but back then, she had six little kids and was “up to my eyeballs in diapers.”

Then, a couple of years ago, she met some graduates of the program at a party, and she learned that a recruiter was in the room, too.

“I kind of wandered over there and said, ‘What’s the cutoff?’ and she said, ‘Oh, there’s no age limit.’”

“And bingo, I went home, got on the computer, and started applying, right away.”

National Public Radio • February 13, 2016

The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom

“Over the last few decades, Americans have grown less mobile, and most adults—especially those with less education or lower incomes—do not venture far from their hometowns.”

“The data reveal a country of close-knit families, with members of multiple generations leaning on one another for financial and practical support.”

The New York Times • December 23, 2015

A Tale of Two Jewish Grandmothers

Judy Batalion wasn’t sure if her boyfriend was right for her.

Then she saw how he treated his grandma.

Tablet • January 5, 2016

More Grandparents Taking On Parental Role For Grandchildren

“Nationwide, 2.7 million grandparents are raising grandchildren, and about one-fifth of those have incomes that fall below the poverty line, according to census figures.”

“Their ranks are increasing. The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is up 7 percent from 2009. Experts say the trend is likely to continue as the nation responds to the opiate epidemic. Military deployment and a growth in the number of women incarcerated are other factors forcing grandparents to step into parental roles.”

At the same time, “there is no comprehensive framework to keep these families stable.”

“Crucial programs, such as legal services and support groups, exist only in small pockets of the country.”

Associated Press • February 16, 2016