Could grandmotherhood affect retirement?

In retirement, there are some lifestyle concerns that may not necessarily affect men. Though the financial aspects of retirement are similar for both genders, you may have seen retired women becoming much more involved in the process of raising children than men, especially in recent years.

A report from the National Bureau of Economic Research noted women between 58 and 61 years old who are helping to raise their grandchildren are nearly a third less likely to work full time as those without grandchildren. As a result, during the prime years prior to retirement, some women aren't able to maximize employer-sponsored retirement plan contributions and save enough money to carry themselves into retirement.1

Likewise, this predicament is particularly concerning in relation to times of economic uncertainty. Because recessions are accompanied by high levels of job loss, some grandmothers are having to take a larger role in the upbringing of their grandkids to help out their recently laid-off children.

"Grandmothers typically have years of experience reconciling a work-life balance"



Some women choose to retire early to help out with their families, which means they may have to receive Social Security benefits sooner or withdraw funds from retirement accounts at a younger age – both of which could have a negative impact on the overall financial futures of those grandmothers.

Coming up with a strategy
If women choose to leave the workforce early, they may not be eligible to receive certain benefits, and those who opt to aid in child-rearing may have tougher times confronting the financial realities of retirement. The Social Security Administration indicated women can be expected to live past 86 years of age, which means some grandmothers may have to stretch their retirement incomes over the span of two or three decades, which may be difficult under many circumstances.2

However, women nearing retirement could choose to take on reduced roles in the workforce in favor of helping their families while simultaneously remaining eligible for retirement benefits. Further, grandmothers typically already have years of experience in reconciling a work-life balance and may be better equipped to handle retirement and grandmotherhood accordingly.

The key is to create a retirement strategy that encompasses the factors that could affect one's life, including family and careers. Having the right financial strategy for your unique situation is important when addressing concerns of financial stability in the future.

To help develop a financially sound retirement strategy, consider purchasing an annuity, which can particularly help provide a guaranteed* income you can't outlive.**  Annuities can provide a supplemental income stream for grandmothers who leave the workforce to help raise their grandchildren.

Get in touch with Joshua Mellberg or one of our licensed insurance professionals at J.D. Mellberg to find the best retirement income strategy for your needs. Be more confident you will not outlive your money with lifetime payments **from the right annuity option.

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*Annuity guarantees rely on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company and are not guaranteed by any bank or the FDIC.

**Some annuities may have a lifetime income guarantee as part of the base policy; others may have riders available that provide this benefit. Riders may also be available for benefits like an annual increase to help combat inflation or for as much as doubling your income in case of a qualifying health event. These annuities are not long-term care and are not substitute for such coverage. Optional riders may be available with a charge.

1 Lumsdaine, Robin L. and Vermeer, Stephanie J.C. "Retirement Timing of Women and The Role of Care Responsibilities for Grandchildren," page 19. © National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, December 2014. http://www.nber.org/papers/w20756.pdf

2 "Calculators: Life Expectancy," Social Security Official Website, last accessed 2/6/2015. http://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.htm

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