National Grandparents Day is a special holiday to honor grandparents and is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day, which falls on September 10th this year.
Grandparents play an important role in grandchildren’s lives and their bond is special.
Love, knowledge, strength, and comfort come to mind when we think of grandparents. Grandparents can offer a wealth of experience, as well as an attentive ear and guidance. Many grandparents are involved in their grandchildren’s lives in a myriad of ways -- cheering them on at their soccer games or music recitals; teaching them new skills such as baking cookies or throwing a football; sharing family traditions; creating special holiday memories and more.
The number of grandparents raising grandchildren is on the rise. When parents are unable to raise their children, grandparents are often the ones stepping up. In Massachusetts, there are 27,035 grandparents responsible for their grandchildren, and more than half of these grandparents are 60 years and older, according to GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandfamilies (Grandfamilies.org).
Raising grandchildren can have many rewards, such as giving grandchildren a sense of security and keeping the family together. Yet, it can also bring many challenges. No matter how much grandparents love their grandkids, taking them into their home requires many adjustments, such as unexpected costs and financial challenges and adjusting to new habits.
Resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Did you know? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) has a Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) which reassures families that they are not alone and that resources are available to assist them in their caregiving. The FCSP works with people of all ages, including grandparents raising grandchildren.
OCES’ FCSP empowers grandparents by providing resources and support, through OCES programs as well as other resources in the community, to help with caregiving. OCES’S FCSP can provide one-on-one support to grandparents by creating a personalized care plan which outlines available resources appropriate to their caregiving situation. Resources may range from caregiver support groups and educational workshops or programs that share techniques to help family caregivers with stress reduction, time management, goal setting, problem-solving and relaxation. Additional resources for grandparents may include help with summer camps and technology, as well as respite.
To learn more about how OCES’ FCSP helps grandparents raising grandchildren and other caregivers navigate one of life’s challenging but most rewarding jobs,
visit www.ocesma.org/getting-started/caregiver-support/ or call 508-584-1561.
Grandparents Family Cookout
In celebration of National Grandparents Day, OCES and Old Colony YMCA Middleboro are presenting a Grandparents Family Cookout on September 22, 2023 (rain date September 23) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Camp Yomechas at 375 Wareham Street in Middleboro. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Tickets are required for all attendees including adults and children. To register and request tickets, please visit the following link, htps://www.eventbrite.com/e/grandparents-family-cookout-tickets-681757654497
OCES, a nonprofit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns, offers programs to serve older adults, individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. For more information, visit ocesma.org.
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. For some, it can be a time of reflection of “days gone by”, which can bring about feelings of loneliness or sadness. Older adults and individuals who are grieving may be particularly vulnerable to these feelings. The holidays may become overwhelming. As a result, some may withdraw and avoid social interaction. Although avoidance is the path of least resistance, it’s important to maintain social connections.
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding communities, has kicked off a #GivingTuesday campaign to support the expansion of the agency’s behavioral health services.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. It’s a time to recognize and honor family caregivers – spouses, partners, adult children caring for parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, relatives, friends and neighbors - who step up to support their loved ones in countless ways.
Colleen Berroa, a resident of Brockton, MA, has been appointed Human Resources Manager at Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout Plymouth County and surrounding towns. OCES has offices in Brockton and Plymouth.
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month, a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion. According to National Today Global Diversity Awareness Month FAQS, it “is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole.”
Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency with offices in Brockton and Plymouth and proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, has been honored as one of Cape & Plymouth Business Media 2023 Best Places to Work.
HANOVER AND PLYMOUTH, MA... Support a good cause with a day of fun at Starland in Hanover! Old Colony Elder Services (OCES) will host a fundraiser on September 17, 2023 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 p.m. at Starland Sportsplex and Fun Park at 637 Washington Street in Hanover.
September is Falls Prevention Awareness Month. OCES to hold Virtual Falls Prevention Presentations on September 13th
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… September is Falls Prevention Awareness month. Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), a nonprofit agency that supports the independence and dignity of older adults and individuals with disabilities by providing essential information and services that promote healthy and safe living, is offering two free virtual Falls Prevention presentations on September 13, 2023.
BROCKTON AND PLYMOUTH, MA… Do you struggle with Hoarding Disorder or excessive clutter? Old Colony Elder Services (OCES), the non-profit agency proudly serving older adults and individuals with disabilities throughout greater Plymouth County, is offering a Buried in Treasures free in-person workshop series to offer support for individuals with hoarding tendencies.