I'm going to beat this like a drum for the rest of my days. We need a new paradigm on public service. As people retire, they should expect to do public service for 2 to 6 years or so. That could take many forms. Run for office. Work elections for a four year cycle. Attend commissioners' courts, city council meetings and the water board and report what you see to your friends and neighbors. Speak up at the meetings when something doesn't sound right.
I think there is a place for Grand parents at school board meetings, but that seems to be a job for the parents whose kids are in schools. The grand parents maybe should likely be keeping an eye on the state level education stuff.
Seniors have invaluable experience and knowledge. This is a way to use it while winding down in our later years. Much of this could be done in far less than 20 hours a week. Some positions could be a short second career.
A republic is a government by and for the people, and our involvement has been limited. hitting "like" on a post isn't enough.