All over Australia this Sunday families will be celebrating Grandparent’s Day on 31 October.
It will be no different in Nundah at Alondra Residences where Judy Williams, 77, who is a grandmother of seven and one great grandchild, will be spending some time with her grandson, Blake, aged seven who visits regularly.
In Australia, grandparents are tending to live longer and are generally better educated and healthier that previous generations 1. Older people make up a considerable proportion of Australia’s population—in 2017, over 1 in 7 people were aged 65 and over.
Judy loves the flexibility of her Alondra apartment.
“I have a 2 bedroom apartment so I can have grandchildren stay-over, even though 3 year olds can get quite tiring after a while,”
“My grandson, Blake, who is going to be 4 in January, comes and plays with me every Friday and we get up to all sorts of things,” she said.
“He has a remote-control car, so we took it down into the basement and ran around with that. He loves his Scooter, so there is plenty of room to ride that up and down the wide hallways, and it is so quiet here you wouldn't know what was happening out your front door!
“The kids love coming to Nan and I love having them here. There is something special about seeing the world through the eyes of a child.
“There are at least 3 playgrounds within easy walking distance of Alondra and a great ice-cream shop in the main street of Nundah so of course we have to have an ice-cream every time he comes!”
Some become grandparents when they are relatively young and, in the workforce, while others, because of the later age of parents at the birth of their first child, may be retired or approaching retirement. The grandparent role changes over time as grandchildren grow, other grandchildren are born, as family members marry, separate, remarry and move away and grandparents grow old and sometimes frail.
Alondra’s concierge Joy Schrodter-Davis said, “People living alone may be at risk of social isolation, which can have a negative impact on their mental and physical wellbeing which is why Alondra was designed with daily interaction spaces which naturally promote interactions with the rest of their community.”
Grandparents Day Fact File
- Grandparents Day is to be held on 31 October 2021
- Queensland was the first state to establish an official day in honour of Grandparents back in 2010
- The aim of Grandparents Day is to celebrate the contributions of Grandparents
- It also honours the diversity of Grandparents and similar roles within the family unit
- In The UK it is celebrated on the first Sunday of October, in the USA on 8th September and in Italy on 2nd October
- In 2016, 1 in 8 older people were engaged in employment, education or training
- In 2017, over 1 in 7 Australians were aged 65 years and over
- In 2017, approximately half of all people aged 65–74 (51%) and 75–84 (54%) were women. This rose to 63% for people aged 85 and over
Some of the ways people celebrate Grandparents Day, virtually or in person
- share a favourite meal
- read a book or play a game
- have a yarn together
- ask about your family history
- download and send a free e-card – for those digitally savvy grandparents.
30 October 2021.