There are now more grandparents in the U.S. than ever before — some 70 million, according to the latest census. Incredibly, that’s a 24 percent increase since 2001. In fact, the 2014 U.S. census tells us that of all adults over 40, a little better than 1 in 3 were grandparents. In other words, you are in good company.

Right now is a fine time to be a grand or great grandparent! The same boomers who famously doted on their children are now lavishing attention on the next generation. With an average of five to six grandchildren per grandparent, that can mean quite an investment in time – and often — dollars.

Like everything else we baby boomers do, we set new standards. Money is spent on gifts as well as vacations. In fact, an entire travel industry has now sprung around intergenerational travel.

And another thing to consider — “Grandparenting is actually healthy for us,” says Lillian Carson, author of the landmark book The Essential Grandparent. “Being in touch with the younger generation literally beefs up the immune system.”

Experts agree that the more grandparents there are, the better for all involved. As one Westminster Village North grandmother told us, “There is nothing like the love I have for my grandchildren.” There are many activities and events at Westminster Village North to celebrate grandchildren – ranging from crafts to putt-putt to Grandfather/Granddaughter dinner.

Happy connected grandparents with lots of things to share with their grandchildren. That sounds like a sweet and meaningful way to enjoy life at Westminster Village North!