‘‘This is about grand­par­ents help­ing their chil­dren sur­vive.’’

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE -

In all there were more grand­par­ents liv­ing in homes with grand­chil­dren than there were peo­ple in Gis­borne, or Whanganui.

Some grand­par­ents had put their in­ter­ests on the back­burner to help fam­ily, the re­search found.

As a so­ci­ety we tend to over­look the con­tri­bu­tions of older peo­ple. We for­get they are work­ers, vol­un­teers, tax­pay­ers, con­sumers and pass sig­nif­i­cant amounts of wealth on to the next gen­er­a­tion.

Take the ex­am­ple of vol­un­teer work done by the over 65s. The Of­fice for Se­nior Ci­ti­zens es­ti­mated it to have an eco­nomic value of their vol­un­teer­ing (based on the min­i­mum wage) was $8.5 bil­lion in 2011.

Take that away and there’d be a heap of work that would need some­body to pay for it.

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