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Combat the "grandma" trend among millennials

July 28, 2014

One of the latest trends among millennials involves being a "grandma." When a young person stays in on a Friday night to watch reruns of her favorite show, she isn't considered boring or low-key, according to an article in The New Yorker. She's considered a "grandma," which is offensive to older adults who don't consider watching TV for hours a favorable pastime. This kind of activity isn't at all indicative of a person's age, but rather his or her activity preferences. Here's how to challenge the offensive term and show millennials that the key to fun, healthy aging has nothing to do with staying on the couch all night.

Prepare fun food
Recently, the idea of cooking and baking has become an outdated, "traditional" activity - so much so that, when a young person decides to try a new recipe, she considers herself to be of an older generation, said The New Yorker. Challenge this idea next time you have your grandchildren or other younger friends and family over for a visit. Try some of these drink and appetizer combinations recommended by The Huffington Post. Specifically, try the Michelada, also known as "bloody beer" because of its tomato juice and beer components, and special nachos recipes to really combat the stigma attached to the term "grandma."

Overcome hardship in an unexpected way
When senior Maude Elser's love interest left her for another woman, she told The New Yorker she simply found another man to occupy her time. Some younger generations might poke fun at themselves for sulking and becoming introverted after a similar event and use the "grandma" label as a way to describe their newfound, low-key lifestyle. By immediately moving on after her breakup, Maude wasn't being a "millennial." She was being a strong, assertive woman. 

Wear fashionable clothing
Apparently, it's not just what one does for fun and how he or she reacts to hardship that defines his or her "age." What you wear is also a big part of a youthful lifestyle, according to The New Yorker. When Constance first met her granddaughter's boyfriend, he was wearing suspenders and a bow tie and described his style as that of a "grandpa," she told the news source. But just because someone throws on a bow tie doesn't mean he's old - it means he likes bow ties. Wear clothing that fits your comfort and fashion preferences, regardless of what other generations might think.