The media paints grandparents as old, so that’s how many people think of them.
But 80 percent of American grandparents are younger than 75, and just over half are younger than 65, according to a study published in 2011.
And while the age at which Americans welcome their first grandchild has risen, most parents still become grandparents by their mid-50s, according to a study from 2015.
In that study, which was based on data collected in 2002, scholars found that 73 percent of American mothers become grandmothers by age 55, while 67 percent of American fathers become grandfathers by then.
The scholars also reported that because grandparents in this country live so much longer than they used to, grandparenting careers have gotten longer despite starting later.
These days, an American mother can expect to spend nearly 35 years as a grandmother, the study estimates. An American father can expect to spend almost 30 years as a grandfather.