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Wednesday
Jun152011

Baby Boomers Redefining Grandparenthood

PhotoAlto Agency RF / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The image of grandparents as frail 80-year-olds  no longer matches reality for the majority of grandmas and grandpas.

That's because the 32 million baby boomers who are grandparents are significantly younger the grandparents of previous generations.

The average age of first grandparenthood has dropped in recent years from 48 to 47, according to the AARP.

With younger parents, many say the relationship between grandchild and grandparent has changed significantly.

Younger grandparents are not only better at keeping up with grandchildren's agility and energy levels, but they are also more inclined to stay current on their technology skills.

From texting and chatting on Facebook, to picking kids up at school, the increased involvement of younger grandparents is ultimately redefining the connotations that come along with grandparenting.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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