'Not your grandma's grandma'
Original post made on Jan 17, 2008
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 10:02 AM
on Jan 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm
Hey, Ms Donne,
Congratulations and best wishes in GaGa Sisterhood.
on Jan 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm
I had my last of four children when I was 43, my eldest being 9. He is now 9 and I am still far from being a grandparent. I am not alone in this area.
With fertility drugs and women delaying starting a family, the trend of being a grandparent at 45 is going to diminish drastically.
on Jan 20, 2008 at 2:21 am
I'm not quite sure what "the median age of grandparents has stayed constant over the past century -- 45 years old" is supposed to mean. Is it supposed to be "age at birth of first grandchild"? Is this a local or world-wide statistic?
I'd imagine this median age has something to do with differences in socio-economics, cultural behaviors, and such, because most people *I* know locally have delayed / are delaying marriage into their 30's. Even if they have children immediately, they won't be grandparents at 45.
I am about to turn 45, but I have a child in high school and a child in middle school (so there had better not be grandchildren in my NEAR future. :p) I am a physically fit practicing martial artist, my 72-year-old mom still walks several miles and swims daily, and even my 97-year-old grandmom still lives on her own without assistance, though she is less active since her hip replacement.
I do take issue with the article's quotation "Baby boomers have continued to try and ignore the fact that we're getting old." I know I'm not 20-some anymore, and I know not to request 20-some physical behavior levels from my older body, because I shall rue any resulting injuries, which take longer to heal now. However, 45 is still far from "old". I may have a few grey hairs here and there, but I don't even have any wrinkles yet. :)