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Grandmothers at WorkJuggling Families and Jobs$
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Madonna Harrington Meyer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814729236

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814729236.001.0001

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Social and Health Pros and Cons

Social and Health Pros and Cons

(p.207) 8 Social and Health Pros and Cons
Grandmothers at Work

Madonna Harrington Meyer

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the social and health conditions of grandmothers who care for their grandchildren. Grandmothers with plenty of resources, who are working and caring for fewer hours per week, can readily juggle the multiple roles of work and grandchild care while maintaining an active social life and good health. By contrast, grandmothers with fewer resources, or those who are working and caring for grandchildren for many hours per week, often do not have enough time or energy to maintain their previous social lives. Moreover, many are left exhausted, neglecting their own exercise and nutrition or delaying doctor visits. Despite this, most grandmothers, even those who feel tired or have health problems, say that caring for their grandchildren is generally good for their health.

Keywords:   grandmothers, grandchildren, grandchild care, social life, health

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