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.
Triggle, N. (2015). More older carers ‘risking health’. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2015.
“As our society ages, the number of carers aged 85 and over will continue to grow rapidly, with projections showing there will be over 200,000 carers in this age group by 2030”. Carers UK.
“ …duties in the Care Act have the potential to improve support for older carers but sufficient and sustainable funding for health and care services is urgently needed to reverse the worrying trend of fewer older carers receiving social care services”. Age UK.
This relates to:
Caring into later life: the growing pressure on older carers. London: Carers UK and Age UK, April 28th 2015.