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– New data suggests that both elderly people and young children can benefit from getting together to do activities –

Living in a multi-generational household is less common than it used to be so it is less likely that older and younger generations spend much time together. With the busy lives of most families, even seeing grandparents might be a challenge and so children and grandparents miss out on that all important bonding time. Families are also more dispersed so different generations might not live near each other, but the importance of inter-generational contact remains.

The Live-in Care Hub is a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising the quality of elderly care in the UK and they are keen advocates of a better quality of life for older people. They have, therefore, been highlighting the benefits of inter-generational contact and joint activities.

The Benefits Of Older And Younger Generations Spending Time Together

There are many benefits for different generations spending time together including, but not limited to:

  • Both age groups can learn new skills from each other
  • Both age groups can learn about relevant aspects of their different generations
  • Older people have a sense of purpose and children feel a sense of doing something for others
  • Children gain an understanding of the elderly and growing older
  • Children may lose any fear of the elderly they have
  • The older adults can avoid loneliness
  • Depression and other mental health issues may be alleviated in older adults
  • Older adults may see improvements in physical health
  • Older adults with dementia may see some symptoms reduce
  • Older adults provide a patient and understanding ear to children who have plenty to share

Activities That Benefit Both Generations

There are some really enjoyable activities than can benefit both parties and encourage great relationships to develop:

  • Gardening
  • Reading to each other
  • Learning a new hobby
  • Sharing stories (real or make believe)
  • Singing and dancing
  • Preparing and cooking a meal
  • Art and sketching

Dominique Kent, Joint Founder of the Live-In Care Hub, is a passionate advocate for better elderly care in the UK. “We know from our research that one-to-one care at home with a live-in carer results in better health and wellbeing for the vast majority of elderly people. Live-in care also enables better contact with all generations of a family in a familiar home environment where routines and meal times can easily be altered to accommodate young children.

With live-in care there are no restrictions imposed to prevent people enjoying life as fully as possible. So it is important that older people understand that care in their own home is a viable option.”

The Live-In Care Hub carry out independent research and their website offers practical tips, advice and support to those seeking elderly care for themselves or for a relative. Find out more at www.liveincarehub.co.uk.


Those that belong to Generation Y are well known by now to enter marriage arrangements later than previous generations. But what wasn’t so obvious until recently is that more and more millennials are requesting prenuptial agreements in order to marry.

While we can all agree that prenups aren’t the most fun thing you can talk about when you’re in love with somebody, they can actually help couples in a number of ways. Another reason is that couples are usually more open towards each other in terms of s**uality and freedom, so both parties are aware things may change in the future. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why prenuptial agreements are on the rise.

Prenups Can Save a Lot of Money During a Divorce

While we all know that weddings can be extremely expensive, sometimes divorces can hit a wallet even more so. Two people that used to share a home, food, and bills now all of the sudden have to pay everything times two. And right at that moment they also need to pay thousands of dollars in litigation costs, lawyers, or any other costs that a divorce might lead to.

While it’s fair to say that prenuptial agreements always serve one side more so than the other, they will also ensure that the divorce process is simple and cheaper than a normal one. That’s because most of the things are already agreed on before marriage, so the divorce process can be just a formality.


If one of the sides is entering a second marriage, their legal and financial concerns may be completely different this time around. There could be children from the first marriage, potential alimony, or any other type of financial support that you may be providing or receiving. There’s also the problem of having two families – which complicates things in case you pass away and those assets need to be distributed. A prenup will ensure that your assets are distributed exactly the way you want them to, so neither your first nor second family are cut off.

Wanting to Quit a Job and Focus on Raising Children

This one’s a fairly common reason since in some marriages one parent is required to quit their job and take care of the kids. In that case, it would be unfair for assets of the parent that is providing for their family to remain their own after a divorce, which is why people enter a prenuptial agreement on this.

It can be extremely difficult to get a job after not working for several years and the prenup will ensure that the financial burden of raising kids is shared fairly by both side. While family law specialists can help with the custody arrangements and children relocation, prenups are there to ensure that each of the spouses gets what they wanted in the first place.

Business Related Issues

If one of the spouses is a business owner, the other spouse may very well end up with half of the business after the dissolution of marriage even if they’re in no way involved in it. Since millennial generation is especially keen on starting small businesses, this is one of the main reasons why there’s a rise in these kinds of agreements before marriage.

The fact is, having a divorced couple run a business together can be extremely difficult, which is why most other people involved in the business may be against this. A prenup will help avoid any potential conflicts or misunderstanding when it comes to business-related issues.  

Having a conversation about a prenup can be a difficult thing for spouses sometimes. If one’s side wants an agreement and the other one doesn’t – there can be consequences that can even affect if they get married at all. However, in certain situations prenup can protect the intellectual and financial property of both spouses, ensuring they’re not at risk of losing anything if they ever want to divorce. Divorce is a tough period for any couple out there already, so instead of making it even tougher, millennials go for the best option for them – lowering risk before they even get to that point.


The capital of Tennessee and the country music capital of the world, Nashville, is a historic southern city with a hotbed of activities and sites. However, there is so much more in Nashville than meets the eye. If you’re on a limited stay to the city, here is a list of things to see and do so you don’t miss out.

Centennial Park

Beautiful Urban Setting

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Just west of downtown is Centennial Park, a large, lush park in the middle of an urban setting. Go for a walk, jog, or bike ride and take in the various fountains and landscapes. Don’t miss the real gem in this park: a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which is free to view and enter.

Loveless Cafe & Motel

Food to Melt the Soul

If you don’t mind a short scenic drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway for some of the best biscuits and gravy you’ve ever tasted, than the Loveless Cafe is well worth the trip. After breakfast or lunch, stick around and search the little shops and boutiques that surround the café.

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

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Lynchburg’s Hidden Gem

Another short drive from Nashville is the town of Lynchburg, home of the original Jack Daniel’s distillery. If you’ve ever wondered how they make all the different types of whiskey and the process that goes into each, be sure and take the tour. You even get a few free shots at the end. So, enjoy the scenic drive, the liquor, and make sure to eat at Miss Mary Bobo’s on the way back to town.

The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson’s Legacy

You may not know what Andrew Jackson did, but just know that he’s important enough to be featured on the $20 bill. A president and war hero, Jackson made his home just outside of Nashville. This estate and surrounding plantation is now known as the Hermitage. Take a guided tour or simply walk around at your leisure; the museum and gift shop is open 7 days a week.

Grand Ole Opry

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The Mecca of Country Music

Whether you’re a country music fan or not, the Grand Ole Opry is a must see. The concert venue has had some of the most well-recognized names in all genres of music on its stage, and the history leaves you speechless. Travel nearby to the Grand Opry hotel and marvel at the lovely gardens that surround it, and if you feel like splurging, stay overnight.


The Main Drag

Whether you want to sample a little taste of the nightlife, go shopping, eat, or hear some live music, Broadway has it all. Located downtown, this strip has some popular venues, especially for younger crowds. If you don’t feel like enduring the loud, young adults, walk around during the day. Listen to some street musicians and without a doubt go to Jack’s BBQ, arguably the best barbecue in the city.

If, after all these suggestions, you’re still unsure about what to do in Nashville, ask the locals; they are some of the nicest and most helpful people you will ever meet. Don’t try to cram too much into one short trip though. Remember, you can always come back. And if you find you like it so much you’re considering moving there, you’ll need a car. Check out DriveTime in Nashville for all your auto needs, and drive around the city at your leisure.