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