Special edition for grandparents! Plus, is being around children good for your health?

Celebrating 40 years of helping elders, persons with disabilities, and caregivers  lead independent lives.

Volume 7 | Issue 3B |  September 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015, is National Grandparents Day. According to its 1978 statute, this holiday, held annually on the first Sunday of September after Labor Day, is designated "to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer."

You can make Grandparents Day - or any day spent together with your grandchildren - extra special without breaking the bank. Here are a few fun ideas:

Dance like it's 1959. Have you ever taught your grandkids to dance? If you have any old-school dance moves, share them with the young'uns, and see if it doesn't tickle everyone's fancy to do the twist together. Can you swing, jive, or do the jitterbug? Find out what dances your grandkids know - maybe you'll learn a new step or two!

Prepare a favorite family recipe together.  Whether it's Aunt Sarah's Secret Casserole or Nana's Double Chocolate Cookies, there's nothing tastier than a home-cooked meal or dessert you've prepared together. Give your grandkids' culinary skills a boost and teach them a recipe to pass down to their own grandchildren some day.

Have a good ole' movie night.  Chances are you have collected quite a few classics and family films over the years. Have your grandchildren ever seen "Mister Ed"? Perhaps they'd get a hoot out of that old talking horse. What about home videos from when their parents were young? Pop in a video and pop some popcorn, then kick back and enjoy an afternoon.

Would you rather spend a day outdoors?  Take your grandkids on a nature walk.  The little ones will enjoy feeling crunchy leaves, scratchy tree bark, or smooth rocks, while you and the older children can spot and identify the birds, plants, and wild critters you see on your path. Just remember to leave nature - and the wildlife that lives there - as you found it.

For another outdoor activity, have a campout in your own backyard. If you've got one, pop up a tent and fill it with pillows and blankets. Enjoy some nature-themed snacks like ants on a log or worms in the dirt. Adults can help children to make s'mores over a fire pit or grill. Don't forget flashlights for telling silly or spooky stories once the sun has set. If spending an evening outdoors would put a crick in your back, you can always build a pillow fort for the kids to sleep under.

Whatever you choose to do, may you enjoy this Grandparents Day and look back on it with fondness!
We support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren
Raising children is not-and never has been-an easy task. When you've done it once and seen your children grown and rearing children of their own, you typically assume you've completed that stage of your life and can comfortably move into the role of a loving grandparent. 

Sometimes, however, life takes unexpected turns, and, for some grandparents, the responsibility of raising children moves into your house with a diaper bag and piles of toys in tow.

But you don't have to do it alone. We're here to support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, through grants to help grandparents with costs incurred by the care they provide their grandchild or grandchildren and more.

For more information, contact us by phone at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email us.
Young and old, we all learn from each other
If we've been lucky enough to know our grandparents, chances our we've received lots of wisdom from them over the years.  One writer writes about her grandmother, Zelda, who passed away at the age of 90, and the 12 lessons her grandmother taught her. Click here to read the story.

Even if you don't have grandchildren, kids can still be good for your health, and kids who have an older adult in their life are less likely to do things like skip school or begin using alcohol, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Even with friendly relationships among young adults and elders, benefits appear. Young people show improvements in their long-term health and elders are less likely to experience the negative side-effects of loneliness,  as reported in an article in The Telegraph.

What lessons did your grandparents leave you with? Can you think of a time when you've passed wisdom onto the younger generation? What relationships with an older or younger person have mattered most in your life? Let us know on Facebook!
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Roseann Martoccia
Franklin County Home Care Corporation

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