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25% of women in their 50s are carers


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A new study out today says that 25% of women in their 50s are carers. As the population ages over the next decade there will be an increasing demand for personal care for older people.

Having perhaps spent their lives bringing up a family many women now find their attention turning towards caring for elderly parents.  If this requires them to give up their own employment to do so it can also have serious implications for their state pension entitlement at retirement age.

Our current society is not framed around caring for extended families, and as we age as a population it s likely to create further problems. Couples planning to downsize and release equity to fund their retirement may not be able to do so if larger accommodation is required to support elderly parents.

Are we sitting on a ‘caring crisis’ as well as a ‘pensions crisis’ ?

The new ’Is Britain Fair’ report states that women have a 50:50 chance of becoming carers by the age of 59.

Most of us have probably not planned for this eventuality. Have you?

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Jan King

    December 11, 2011

    If over-fifty’s are sitting on a ‘Caring Crisis’ because of the need to care for elderly parents, they may soon also find their children moving back home because of the collapse in the youth job market — so it’ll be a double whammy.

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      December 12, 2011

      Jan, agree. I think many over 50s are having to chart new waters – with children buying their own homes almost a decade longer and the need to look after parents – a whole new set of ways to cope are needed !

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