Posted by: Bert Copple | November 10, 2010

“Over 65s” Are Not Preparing for Future Care Around the World

A recent study conducted by Bupa International and the London School of Economics (LSE) was released entitled ‘Aging Societies: Challenges and Opportunities’, and it took a look at aging-related issues in 12 international markets. These include Australia, Germany, the UK, the US, and more.

The world has a generally positive outlook on aging, as 72 percent of those 65 and older do not consider themselves to be ‘old’. Despite this positive outlook, people are failing to plan for what comes with old age. “Fewer than a quarter (22%) of over 65s have put money aside to prepare for old age. Two-thirds of respondents (66%) are assuming that their families will be there to shoulder the burden of care” (Bupa, 2010).

And while this assumption still exists, there has been numerous amounts of research done that indicate this ‘informal care network’ is quickly dying out.

Dr Sneh Khemka, Medical Director of Bupa International said:

“We are seeing the start of a global care crunch with people across the world failing to plan for their old age. It’s really refreshing to see that many are leading longer, healthier and happier lives but we mustn’t become complacent. People now need to start thinking about who will care for them, when they are no longer able to look after themselves. We talk about our pensions but not our long term care needs. The risk is that families will be in danger of not being able to deal with the specialist care needs of their elderly relatives.

“We urge everyone to start thinking about their future care, to start talking about it with their families and to start preparing for it.”

This is becoming a very prominent issue no matter where you live; people are living longer so they begin to feel like they will not need assistance even when they are over 80.  The only way to make loved ones aware is to start talking; even just starting the conversation can lead your elderly loved ones to realize that they are not invincible, and that they will eventually need help.

Home Instead Senior Care is aware of this problem, and puts forth great devotion towards helping seniors live comfortably and well until the end of their lives. They have caregivers that can be there whenever they are needed, and are even another outlet for conversation about aging.

Home Instead Senior Care will provide outstanding caregivers to help your loved one with personal care, incidental travel, companionship, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and even meal preparation. To learn more, call 248-203-2273 or visit www.homeinstead.com. Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s trusted source of in-home non-commercial personal care and companionship for seniors. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. And remember, to us, it’s personal.

SOURCE: BUPA Website

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