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“I didn’t have children to look after me”

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This is often the one of the first responses we get when we talk about ageing without children. We need to make it clear that we don’t think that’s why people have children; I mean really does anyone anywhere know someone who had children purely so they could be looked after in their old age?

However, the reality is that one in for people aged in their 40/50s are caring for their parents. Overall there are 7 million family carers in the UK and three in five people will become carers; 12% of people in the UK care caring for an older relative. Adult children are providing vast quantities of care to their parents as they age. Most of what they do goes unnoticed and unappreciated by the state. Government policy talks about the need to support family carers but the reality is, that support is patchy at best, nonexistent…

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