Stay Connected to Family and Enjoy a Better Sense of Well-Being!

by Lori Bratz

Thanks to smartphone technology and calendar sharing, it’s easier than ever to stay connected.

Calendars, Planning and Staying In Touch

Now that kids have been in school for a few weeks, busy schedules can make it easy to lose track of daily activities of kids, parents and grandkids. There are several ways to organize your family’s calendar and stay on top of everyone’s schedule. With younger kids, a large, printed family calendar posted where everyone can see it every day is ideal. With older, tech-savvy children and adults, you can use an electronic calendar.

There are several free smartphone apps designed specifically for organizing your family, like Google Calendar. Or you may decide to simply use the calendar sharing feature on your smartphone. Many extended families enjoy sharing a calendar with aunts, uncles and grandparents to ensure that everyone knows about sports games, school events, doctor’s appointments, birthdays and other occasions.

Getting everyone on board is easy. Simply invite your family members to share your electronic calendar. For smartphone users, adding calendar events to a phone can be as simple as typing in an email address.

In addition to knowing when family events are, spending time with your loved ones can help your sense of well-being and even your physical health. According to, in addition to preventing Alzheimer’s and avoiding social isolation, research suggests that a strong grandchild and grandparent bond has anti-depressive benefits for both seniors and children. A study from the Institute on Aging at Boston College observed the habits of 376 grandparents and 340 children for 19 years. They found that the closer the relationship between the two, the less likely either were to develop depression and that grandparent who both gave and received support had the fewest symptoms of depression.

Don’t be shy about asking for those calendar invites! It may be your secret to an even happier family!