03/30/2012 10:06 am ET

Grandparents Play Important Role In Families: AARP Study

A new study by the AARP finds 90 percent of grandparents feel they are an important part of their grandchildren's lives. Many provide support with education and medical expenses, child care and more.

“Grandparenting is about more than a sense of responsibility,” said Amy Goyer, AARP’s Multigenerational and Family Issues expert in a statement. “This survey reinforces that today’s grandparents contribute to the basic quality of their grandchildren’s lives; they are the safety net for American families, helping to pay for practical expenses and necessities. We see many providing daycare services, while growing numbers even have grandchildren living with them.” The AARP surveyed 1,900 grandparents between August and October last year.

Check out our slideshow for the survey's findings on the contributions of grandparents in the U.S.