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Aging Immigrants Often Work as Unpaid Caretakers

(By – Sharon Johnson,

If you reach retirement age without any Social Security checks to keep you going, it often means you just keep on doing the same unpaid or low-wage work. “These women are an invisible population,” says the leader of an advocacy group.

For many women in their 60s and older, Social Security checks are the all-important means of survival.

But for older female immigrants those benefits often don’t exist. After spending their working lives taking care of their families or working off-the-books in low-wage jobs, they don’t qualify.

So what do they do? The answer, according to a recent study by a New York group, is many just keep on working.  Read more…


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