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Blood is thicker than water

Parcsen Loke. December 29, 2018
A decade long survey found that half of Singaporeans over sixty felt lonely some or most of the time. Prof Angelique Chan hopes children realise that, more than money, their elderly parents need “communication and connection.” Just as glaciers are vanishing due to rapid atmospheric warming, a relational warming can melt the glacial animosity between the father and his adult child. But how?
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Before we give them fuzzy robots, let’s try solving elderly loneliness with people

Leng Leng Thang. December 12, 2018
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The best gift for your aging parent? Simply being there.

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Finding our Fathers

Finding Our Fathers examines the hidden struggle faced by millions of men: how to reconcile their childhood images of their fathers, and all men, as silent, stoic breadwinners with the life they want to live now – embracing two-career marriages, closer ties with their children, a greater emotional awareness. Harvard psychologist Samuel Osherson shows how a man’s “unfinished business” with his father affects his relationships with his spouse, children, friends, and boss, and how it can lead to a profound sense of loneliness, vulnerability, and rage. [Order on Amazon]

Fathers and Sons

Drawing upon extensive case-history material, based on interviews with over 100 fathers and sons from a cross section of society, Yablonsky defines the various prototypes of each — autocratic, egocentric, and distant fathers, compliant and rebellious sons; their interactions and interdependencies; their individual rights and duties and their obligations to each other ; the normal and pathological conflicts between them and how mothers and daughters can intervene constructively in such conflicts; the degree to which a father’s status in the world can affect his son’s aspirations — and how a son’s success or failure can affect his father; and other important dimensions of this complex relationship.
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Twenty-first century grandparents: global perspectives on changing roles and consequences

Ann Buchanan & Anna Rotkirch (2018)
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Older people offer resources that children need, Stanford report says

New Stanford research shows that aging adults play critical roles in the lives of young people, especially the most vulnerable in society. Volunteering is one way to bring older adults and young people together. The key is to change social norms to encourage relationship building between generations.
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Grandparenting and psychological well-being: how important is grandparenting role centrality?

Ziva Muller, Howard Litwin (2011)
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Interdisciplinary perspectives on grandparental investment: a journey towards causality

David A. Coall, Sonja Hilbrand, Rebecca Sear & Ralph Hertwig (2018)
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Being a Good Grandparent: Roles and Expectations in Intergenerational Relationships in Japan and Singapore

Leng Leng Thang, Kalyani Mehta, Tsuneo Usui & Mari Tsuruwaka (2011)
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