Living longer – a bonus or a burden?
According to the latest statistics, the number of people over 90 in the UK has nearly trebled and the number of centenarians has quadrupled in the past 30 years. In the past decade alone, the number of people reaching the age of 100 has increased by a staggering 71%.
This rise means there are now increasing numbers of very old people being cared for by their not so young children. Academics studying the over 50 population have found that about 1:20 of those aged over 50 are caring for a grandparent, parent or parent-in-law.
Age UK say that a third of the 6 million carers are now aged 65 and over and that the number of carers over 75 has increased by 35% since 2001. Over the past seven years, the number of carers aged 80 has increased from 300,000 to 417,000. As this inevitably continues to rise, a new ‘Sandwich Generation’ is being created!
As an older parent myself, I have just finished paying for my youngest daughter’s university education. She is an artist, therefore not yet financially independent. So I continue to work full time. Whilst I love my job, there is always very little time for me. I am fortunate in that my mother, who founded the agency in 1968, has superb companionship day and night but it is down to me to organise her affairs, which can be demanding.
‘Everybody Needs Somebody’!
We are now facing a new situation where older and possibly less able sons and daughters are looking after their very elderly and frail parents. This could cause a new crisis in care that has not really been anticipated.
Whilst my generation still consider themselves relatively young, we face constant pressures to continue working due to the government changes in the state pension age. So now we can find ourselves split between caring for our parents, our own children and grandchildren whilst still working full time. This has to take its toll and there will be breaking points ahead as we age, such as having a spouse that may need care, or that we encounter health problems ourselves.
Become a Bunbury carer and companion and ease the strain on our families.
We are a home care agency based in Bunbury, Cheshire helping families predominantly across the North West and North Wales, although we are nation-wide.
Bunbury Care Agency is a member of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association) and an associate member of SOLLA (Society of Later Life Advisers). SOLLA is the only association in the UK that can provide accredited financial consultants who can advise and assist people with the funding of elderly care.