They are also younger and more active than ever before, with the average age of grandparents in this country at a spry 48. Whether it's Grandpa or Grandude, Grams or Glamma, the vast majority of grandparents, 69 percent, say their style is hands-on, agreeing with the statement, "I get down on the floor and play."
More surprising facts about today's grandparents:
- 43% exercise or play sports
- 60% still have a full-time or part-time job
- 28% volunteer on a regular basis
- 72% regularly take care of their grandchildren
- 55% play video games with their grandchildren
- 86% bake cookies for their family
Another shocking statistic---66% of grandparents have never celebrated Grandparents Day.
Let's change that this year! Have the grand kids hand-make cards, cook a special dinner together as a family, check out your grandparent/child horoscopes, pick your perfect grandparent name, try some silly yoga together, or maybe give each other relaxing hand massages.
Speaking of massage....after a hard week on the job, volunteering in the community, running marathons, and all that time spent down on the floor playing with the kids, not to mention that 81% of grandparents have had the grand kids for part or all of their summer, they could probably use a little rest and relaxation by now, too. Have you considered giving the gift of massage therapy? With a long list of proven benefits for all ages, you may be giving the gift of good health!
It's not too late! You can still print out (or email) Instant Gift Certificates to put inside of those cards the kids are making ;)
Surprising Facts About Grandparents
Modern Grandparents: Busier, Hands-on, and Happy
American Massage Therapy Association--Position Statements