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Mobile phones key to grandparent-grandchild relationship

Mobile phones key to grandparent-grandchild relationship

· 33% of grandchildren keep in touch with their grandparents via mobile phone

· 37% have taught their grandparents to use a mobile phone

14 March 2007 – A survey of over 230 grandchildren has revealed that mobile phones are a key method of communicating with their grandparents. The survey was commissioned by Girlings Retirement Options, the market leader in retirement rentals on Assured Tenancy contracts, providing security of tenure for life.

33% of grandchildren under 21 claimed that they keep in contact with their grandparents via mobile phone, a close second behind fixed line telephones at 40%. Additionally, 6% communicate using text messages, with letters (10%) and email (9%) also common channels for correspondence.

Keeping abreast with technology such as mobile phones appears to be enhancing relations between grandchildren and their grandparents. 48% of respondents reported spending more than an hour a week either with their grandparents or communicating with them.

Furthermore, when asked if they had ever taught their grandparents a new skill, 37% claimed that they had taught them to use a mobile phone, with 14% also teaching them to send text messages.

London-based social worker Jeannine Fletcher says:

"Grandparents are a significant support network in a child's life, whether by assisting parents with childcare responsibilities, by being positive role models or simply friends. It is an important relationship and one that should benefit from new technology."

Peter Girling, Chairman, Girlings Retirement Options comments:

"The vast majority of our tenants are grandparents and every day we see the importance and value placed on the time spent with their grandchildren. In our experience, the 21 st century grandparent welcomes new communications technologies that enable them to keep in touch with their families. Of course strong family relationships benefit grandparents too, keeping them active, happy and young at heart."


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Heather Baker / Jeanne Fourie
HBL Media
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About Girlings

Girlings Retirement Options Limited - - is the market leader in specialist private retirement rentals and has been in business for over 15 years. It was set up because Peter Girling, CEO, realised there was a huge gap in the market. Even though there was then a recession in the property market, the demand for retirement property was stable but purchasers were unable to buy new property without releasing equity from their homes. Then there was the problem of the increasing number of unoccupied retirement properties where owners had died or moved to nursing homes. With too much empty accommodation and a thriving demand for occupation, the concept of renting was born. If the retired could rent then the second hand market would pick up and ultimately so would the market for new properties.

Today, Girlings has a comprehensive database of over 10,000 properties in the UK in more than 700 retirement housing developments. It manages the lettings of nearly 1800 properties from Truro in Cornwall to Aberdeen in Scotland, ranging from flats and apartments to a small number of bungalows and cottages, most of which they own in partnership with investors. Girlings' properties can also be viewed at and