Kathleen Flynn Posted 8 months ago Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better Maybe "grands" have been caring for their children for many years and maybe siblings prior to their own family. My mom likes to have her own space now - she is 87. She was at home with we 6 children. I feel that she has earned her own space. She lives in a retirement home and has friends there. You just seem to be very insensitive and self-centered. You did not get to the age you are without your parents caring for you and making sacrifices for you. I cannot believe this speaker suggesting that grandparents would add value to their lives by babysitting. Many women have been doing this all their lives. I will be retiring in a few years and have many hobbies that I wish to return to and one of them is not staying home and babysitting.