Sept. 10 US Grandparents Day

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More and more grandparents tend to grandkids
On Sept. 10, the US celebrates Grandparents Day, and with 56 million US grandfathers and grandmothers, there are many good reasons to mark the occasion. Increasingly, however, grandparents aren’t just the warm and generous relatives who visit their families on holidays or call with greetings on special occasions. They are active caregivers to children, especially in this day and age of working couples and single-parent households. Grandparents are often asked or volunteer to help tend their grandchildren, sometimes out of financial necessity. Statistics provided by the Census Bureau that help fill out the picture:

Children living with grandparents 6.1 million

Grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs of live-in grandchildren 2.4 million

Foreign-born grandparents caring for grandchildren 320,000

Grandparents who’ve cared for grandchildren at least five years 920,000

Grandparents in poverty caring for grandchildren 460,000

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  1. 2 vuee 2006 September 7 at 5:37 pm

    Some time ago I think we posted a similar study of grandparents who parent. I look for it.

    Caregivers Under Pressure

    “An alarming number of grandparents and older relatives in America are having to play the role of mom and dad all over again, because their children are unable to care for their grandchildren. Daily life for these caregivers can be very strenuous, according to a new report from Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. Caring for their Children’s Children provides a portrait of these caregivers’ experiences that draws on a family perspective and highlights a number of service-utilization issues. With respect to mental health needs, one-third of grandparents interviewed said they suffered symptoms of depression, and two-thirds were caring for grandchildren whom they identified as having emotional or behavioral problems.” You will have to register to access the reports, but registration is free. [posted on NRC E-Newsletter, September 5, 2006 ]

  2. 5 vuee 2006 September 7 at 5:56 pm

    Heart attack risk was posted pre-blog —

    Originally published November 3, 2003

    Caring for grandkids raises heart attack risk, study indicates

    They might be cute, but those darling grandchildren can be risky, too. A new Harvard study has found that women who take care of a grandchild for nine or more hours a week have a 55 percent higher heart attack risk.

    The study, in this month’s American Journal of Public Health, looked at data from a long-term examination of more than 54,000 U.S. nurses. The grandmothers in the study ranged in age from 46 to 75.

    The researchers aren’t sure why watching grandchildren boosts heart attack risk but speculate that these caregivers don’t have time to look after their health. Previous studies have shown that tending grandchildren raises the risk of depression.

    The rest of the story—-

    I found the entire article here (requires subscription)-

    NOTE: To view the article with Web enhancements, go to:

    Caregiving to Children and Grandchildren and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
    Sunmin Lee, ScD, Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Lisa Berkman, PhD, Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD

    Am J Public Health 93(11):1939-1944, 2003. © 2003 American Public Health Association, Posted 10/31/2003

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