Aging Boomers Want Hipper Label Than 'Grandpa'

Forever Young generation outgrows stereotypical grandparent tags
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 23, 2009 11:03 AM CST

(Newser) – As baby boomers become grandparents, the generation that never wanted to get old is grappling with maturity. Many new grandparents are dodging the bullets of age by avoiding typical “Grandma,” “Grandpa,” and “Bubbe” labels, the Wall Street Journal reports. Preferring to retain her glamour, one 56-year-old wants to go by Glamma, while her husband, a physician, will be Papa Doc.

“I didn't see myself as a Bubbe,” said Glamma. “That’s someone from the old country, who has an accent, looks frumpy and wears a babushka.” Other names include Coco (after Chanel) and Sheriff. “My name should be special, a way to individualize the relationship, put some personality—and wit—into it,” says Sheriff, a 58-year-old writer who also answers to Lefty. (Read more baby boomer stories.)

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