Age UK has today released new research which shows 1 in 3 people over 80 are unpaid carers for sick or disabled relatives. The research reveals they save our economy a huge £23 billion a year through the unpaid care they give loved ones.
Responding to Age UK’s research, Helen Walker, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:
“Most people over 80 have health problems of their own and can do less than they once could, so the fact they are providing £23 billion’s worth of unpaid care for others is a sure signal that our social care system is failing.
“Older carers are far more likely to be caring for someone with multiple needs, dealing with complex conditions like dementia and physical disabilities. Yet often they care alone, unable to take a break or step out the door for long, leaving their own needs at the wayside.
“Older carers who have contributed – and continue to contribute – so much to our society deserve far better. This crisis in social care needs to be taken seriously by all politicians. We urge the Prime Minister and his Government to acknowledge our country’s carers by taking firm steps towards delivering an enduring social care solution in the first 100 days of office. We need to get social care done.”