Older Carers: Under-Recognised and Under-Supported
There are 1.2 million carers over 65 in the UK, a number which has risen by 25% during the past decade, according to Age UK and Carers UK. Care provided by older carers is estimated to be worth £15 billion a year.
It warned that despite the growth in numbers, few of the older carers were being offered support by the state. Last year just over 175,000 were given assessments by their local councils.
One in three carers aged 65 to 74 provide over 50 hours of care a week, but for the over 85s group that rises to more than half.
More than half of the younger age group said they were not in good health, compared to 40% of those who do not have caring responsibilities.
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