Active living seniors work hard to be an integral part of their grandchildren's lives. They often spend weeks in the summer, or perhaps weekends or evenings with their loved ones, developing a bond with their grandkids and imparting their world view.
However, Dr Fran Bond, who recently appeared on Good Morning America to dispense some words of wisdom to retirement living seniors who wish to create a strong and lasting bond with their grandchildren, suggests that spending time with younger family members can reinvigorate seniors, and give them a fresh perspective.
"If you have a passion, you have a new audience to share it with," said Bond.
She also suggested that a strong relationship with their grandchildren can also strengthen an individual's connection with their adult children.
Seniors can incorporate their own favorite pastimes, like gardening, going to the theatre or playing baseball with their younger family members.
Bond herself has eight grandchildren, from nine months to eight years old. "It's very special to share their successes and to give that unconditional love to them," she said on the show.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 450,000 grandparents over the age of 65 live with their grandchildren.