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As our elderly loved ones get older we may start to lose touch, not only because we get busier with our own fast-paced lives, but because we begin to feel we have less in common with them as they enter their twilight years. We can counteract this tendency to grow apart by thinking about creative ways to sustain a deeper connection with our aging family members that will transcend distance and generational gaps. 

Seniors face certain economic issues as a result of aging and these issues deepen as they approach the final years of life. As life expectancy continues to expand for Americans, becoming a senior at age 65 is no longer considered the major event if once was. People are continuing to work beyond the age of 65 since they are still healthy and prefer to be productive to spending the remainder of their life watching television or playing golf.

Life expectancy is at the highest it's ever been, making aging a long term process for seniors. For those older adults who reach 65, the data shows they can on average live another 20 years or so. For many seniors this means carefully managing chronic conditions to stay healthy into their twilight years. Risk factors like smoking and obesity become extremely threatening for the elderly, making quitting smoking, eating well, and staying active especially important for them.

Television has become a part of our cultural history and as we look back at our favorite grandmas to grace the small screen it's like traveling through our childhood to the present day. Just as our actual grandmothers were a warm and wonderful part of growing up, the TV grandmas that entertained us with laughs and poignant feels are ingrained in our memories. Here are 10 TV grandmas from the past through the present that remind us of the importance of a grandmother's love and wisdom.

We are living in an unprecedented time in history: never before have there been so many elderly people on our planet and never have they made up such a large percentage of our global population. The number of U.S. Seniors in particular is accelerating at an unparalleled rate. If we take the population of older Americans in 1930, we would find they numbered less than 7 million, or 5.4% of the population. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that people 65 and older represented 12.4% of the population in 2000—and that number is growing so quickly it's expected to reach 19% of the population by 2030!

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