By RENEE BUSBY The Press-Register (Mobile, Ala)
MOBILE, Ala. — What do you give the grandparent who has everything?
Love and affection from their grandchildren is at the top of the wish list when it comes to things grandparents most desire and would want this year for Grandparents Day on Sunday. It became a national observance in 1978 when President Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
5.7 MILLION: The number of grandparents in the United States whose grandchildren, younger than 18, live with them.
2.5 MILLION: The number of grandparents responsible for most of the basic needs of one or more of the grandchildren who live with them. Of these caregivers, 1.5 million are grandmothers and 915,000 are grandfathers.
1.7 MILLION: The number of grandparent-caregivers who are married.
1.4 MILLION: The number of grandparents who are in the labor force and also responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren.
912,000: Number of grandparents responsible for caring for their grandchildren for at least the past five years.
496,000: Number of grandparents whose income is below the poverty level and who are caring for their grandchildren.
753,000: Number of grandparents with a disability who are caring for their grandchildren.
$40,359: Median income for families with grandparent-caregiver households.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2005 American Community Survey