Grandparents Dayi a holiday largely unknown and often forgotten
Did you forget the most important holiday of the year? It was observed last SundayI Sept. 9I as it has been for PP years.
National Grandparents Day wDV fiUVW FHOHEUDWHG LQ 1979, three days after President gimmy Carter signed a proclamation. SadlyI most people do not realize such an important holiday even exists.
The United States never forgets jother’s Day and cather’s Day. Grandparents Day comes and goes each year with little recognition despite the efforts made by jarion jcnuadeI who began a campaign to observe GUDQGSDUHQWV DDy EDFN LQ 1970. She was a resident of Oak eillI W. sa.Iwhere she brought attention to the needs of people living in nursing homes. And she worked hard to get recognition for grandparents.
When jcnuade ran into a world of inertiaI she took her case to the media. She received the attention of President Carter who signed a proclamation on 6HSW. 6, 1979.
Grandparents Day EHFDPH RIfiFLDO RQ WhH fiUVW 6XQGDy DIWHU LDbor Day and it is still observed on that day. ,Q 1989 RQ WhH 10Wh DQniversary of the beginning of Grandparents DayI the U.S. Postal Service honored jcnuade with a commemorative envelope resembling her.
jcnuade passed away at the age of 91. She had 15 childrenI 4P grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. InterestinglyI SP percent of grandparents are of the opinion that they are better at caring for their grandchildren then they were at raising their own children. In the United StatesI the life of a grandparent is different from what it was in past JHQHUDWLRQV. TRGDy, 70 percent of grandparents see their grandchildren at least once a week. In the past they often lived together or close by.
According to the U.S. Census BureauI the total number of children in the United States is 75 PLOOLRQ. 2I WhHVH, LQ 2010, 7.5 PLOOLRQ FhLOdren were living with a grandparent. Grandparents who had a grandchild under the age of 18 yHDUV OLvLQJ wLWh WhHP LQ 2009 QXPEHUHG 6.7 PLOOLRQ. AQ XSVHW- ting statistic reveals that a halfmillion grandparents who were living and caring for a grandchild had an income below the poverty level. Nearly 1.S million grandparents who had to take care of the basic needs of their grandchildren also worked. There were 700,000 JUDQGSDUHQWV whR hDG D disability and also had to care for their grandchildren.
ThH GLIfiFXOW OLIH IRU JUDQGSDUents and grandchildren occurs DFURVV APHULFD. ,Q 2009, 4.5 million children lived in grandparents’ homes. Nearly 1 million grandparents have been taking care of grandchildren for more WhDQ fivH yHDUV.
Grandmothers providing care for grandchildren number 1.S PLOOLRQ whLOH 983,000 JUDQGIDthers provide a home and food for a grandchild.
One-third of all grandchildren live without a parent at home.
There are 5S million grandparents in the United States. The number of grandparents living in the same house as grandchildren has increased to S.O millionI an increase from 5 million LQ 2000, DFFRUGLQJ WR WhH 8.6. Census Bureau. In the United StatesI the South has the highest percentage of grandparents who are caregivers of grandchildren.
The Northeast section of the United States has the lowest percentage of grandparents who take care of grandchildren.
AOWhRXJh 150 PLOOLRQ MRWher’s Day cards cheer up a mother or grandmother and 95 million cather’s Day cards are sent or deliveredI only P million Grandparents Day cards are given. eopefullyI we’ll remember to give a card next year on that Sunday following iabor Day.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman