BUPA research shows Britons are in denial about growing old

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Research by BUPA suggests Britons are refusing to face the reality of old age and are leaving the UK at the mercy of a caring time bomb. When it comes to thinking about their care needs, Britons are putting their heads in the sand, with a half (49 per cent) of people claiming not to be worried about who will look after them when they are old. Four out of ten (42 per cent) are prepared to sit back saying they are too young to care about what will happen to them in older life. According to BUPA’s annual Health of the Nation survey, almost one in ten (9 per cent) of over-65s are still refusing to believe they should think about their care needs. BUPA says the nation’s failure to grasp the true impact of old age and the care required does not stop there. Nearly a third (30 per cent) believe they will be able to look after themselves, one in four (27 per cent) think their partners should shoulder the burden, while 26 per cent expect it to be the responsibility of their children. Just 20 percent say they will l

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