Grandparent’s Day falls on September 11th and is a day for celebrating the connections between different generations. The roots of Grandparents Day trace back to 1956 when a West Virginia mother organized a celebration to honor the many nursing home residents in her community. It was recognized as a national holiday in 1978. To continue the tradition in honoring our grandparents who bring joy and wisdom to our lives here are some fun facts!
1. There are over 70 million grandparents in the nation. Grandparents represent one-third of the population and lead 37% of all U.S. households in this country.
2. Grandparents are generous! They make 45% of the nation’s cash contributions to nonprofit organizations.
3. 72% think being a grandparent is the single most important role in their lives.
4. Maya Angelou, Carol Burnett, Bill Clinton, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Oprah Winfrey are just a few famous faces who were raised by their grandparents.
5. 6.2 million U.S. households are multigenerational.
6. Grandparents are intellectually curious. 71% say reading is one of their favorite activities. The same percentages were coming up when reviewing these stats