Snow and a toboggan plus grandkids and a fast hill on a sunny January day equals great memories – and a recipe for making new friends.

There’s nothing like a toboggan ride down a steep winding hill to bring memories of wintertime joy from your childhood back into clear focus: squeals of delight mixed with more than a tiny bit of fear, wind in your face, snow powder whizzing by. It’s like flying without wings.

Christine Vanlandingham is chief operating officer of Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Southwest Michigan. Questions on age or independence services? Call the Info-Line for Aging & Disability at 800-654-2810 or visit The Generations column appears each Saturday in The Herald-Palladium.