Close Grandparent-Adult Grandchildren Relationships = Less Depression

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A new study (who else winces when they see those words?!) from Brown College declares that grandparents and adult grandchildren who share close emotional ties have less symptoms of depression.

Dang, I would have been happy to take the funding for that study and share that info; it’s a no-brainer.

Close Grandparent-Adult Grandchildren Relationships = Less Depression

We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations,” said Sara M. Moorman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute on Aging at Boston College. “The greater emotional support grandparents and adult grandchildren received from one another, the better their psychological health.”

So much of the grandparent-grandchild bond is emphasized in the early years of childhood, but it’s the exception to hear the relationship as adults being discussed, and that’s why I am happy to share the study.

I adored my paternal grandmother (my maternal grandmother died before I was born).  Grams and I shared a special bond throughout her life and when she passed I was heart-broken.  She not only helped guide me when I was a youngster, but she was a source of great strength in my adult life as well.

While she was a woman of very modest means, she gave me more than money could buy: she gave me her attention, devotion and much needed wisdom.  She was a gift to me every day I had her and I’ve never forgotten how her love saved me over the years.

I hope I can be as much to Sweet E as she was to me.

My grandmother was a New Yorker; I am a Texan. We were two very strong-minded individuals, but my sassy-mouth was closed when I was in her presence. She was a woman who did not tolerate foolishness (oh how she must have wondered how she had a grandchild like me), yet her well of love ran deeper than I would have ever needed.

Like I said, I adored her and I miss her.

Intuitively, I think we can all see the absolute truth of the the Brown College study.  When we surround ourselves with those who care, love and are genuinely interested in our well-being, of course we’re going to be happier.

I’m looking forward to a long life (God-willing!) of caring, loving and being close to Sweet E.  I hope he feels the same.

What say you?


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  1. Thank you for sharing this great post, Patti! My oldest is 15….and we have an awesome bond! I love knowing my closeness and engagement in all my grandkids’ lives will have long-ranging benefits!

  2. Carrie This Home says

    I completely agree with the study. It really doesn’t take much to see the positives that come out of younger people interacting with older people. I’ve learned so much from people that are a couple steps ahead of me in life and I think the world would be a better place if everyone had those positive relationships.
    Stopping by from Create It Thursday. (#109 Chocolate Covered Pretzels) Have a great week!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I’ve always had friends both older and younger than I am, and it does make your world easier (for generational understandings) and happier. I wish more could see the benefits.

  3. My children have never lived geographically close to any of their grandparents but have developed deep and loving relationships with them nonetheless. Our own grandchildren live thousands of miles away but we stay very close by visiting when we can and using technology to stay virtually connected. Also, I think kudos should go to parents who facilitate, appreciate and nurture the grandparent/grandchildren relationship.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Absolutely, kudos to the parents. They are key to the relationship’s formation and care. It’s encouraging to read that about grandparents who don’t live their beloved children and grands, who share close bonds. Thank you.

  4. This one has to be right up there with the study that showed that drinking water quenches thirst!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      LOL! Best laugh of the day. Wonder where we could get some of that easy street study money. I’d like to study if babies are adorable.

  5. Carol Covin says

    How lovely to have a study confirm what we all hope for, that providing unconditional love to our grandchildren is as beneficial as we could hope.

  6. Laura @ The Rookie Cook says

    Hmm, never really thought about this before. I never had a close relationship with any of my grandparents, but my hubby is very close to his. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Certainly a no-brainer! My grandparents were all gone before I was born, except a grandfather who I really never got to see. He died when I was 12. My children’s grandmother’s were wonderfully close. The only remaining one died last year and I know they really miss their grandmothers. I hope I can have a wonderful relationship with my grandchildren for the rest of my life.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      My only living grandparent was my grandmother and she lived in New York, but came to Texas every two years or so. I lived for those visits. My prayer is to be a big part of Sweet E’s life, whether or not we live close by or not.

  8. I love this! And I truly want to be as good of an influence and part of my grandchildren’s lives as my parents and my kids father’s parents were to them!

  9. That’s lovely. Really lovely. I have great relationships with all my grandparents. Up until just 2 years ago, I had all four grandparents and my great-grandmother, too. I loved them all. Then we lost three in the same year summer. It was a rough time. My remaining two (my paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother) are so special and I try to keep in touch through cards and letters and visits as often as possible.

    Thank you for the great post!

    PINNING IT!!!!

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      It’s tough losing loving grandparents. They know all the good stories! Thanks for such a nice comment. So sorry for your loss.

  10. I agree with you, we could have saved them a lot of time and money on research. I too was fortunate to have a great relationship with one of my grandmothers. I’m hoping to have the same with m grands.

    Stopping in from The Grand Social.

  11. Thanks so much for linking up with Mommy Club Wednesday! I love that you shared this important study! Thanks!

  12. Thanks for sharing this! We have always had a close relationship with our grandparents. My sister and I are the oldest grandchildren on one side and in the middle of the bunches of grands on the other!



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