5 things we can do to help people ageing without children

Over the next 20/30 years there will be unprecedented numbers of people without children reaching oldest old age. Policy and planning focused on older people being supported by their children/grandchildren in later life will not meet this need and risks leaving individuals ageing without children dangerously unsupported. Research has shown that smaller families in general…

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AWOC Resources

Resources to help you know more about AWOC’s work and ageing without children Report of our first conference in 2015 Report of first Ageing without children conference Survey of people ageing without children 2015 awocsurvey15 Our Voices – the experiences of people ageing without children 2016 Our Voices Final Report Our Voices Summary Final Summary…

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Dignity in Dying & Ageing without Children

Guest blog from Jill Lamede http://www.lamede.com/ Dignity in Dying What is death? It is the moment of transition – the natural full stop to a life. It is something we must all experience. We can choose to fear death – but that fear can poison our lives. Better that we should accept that death will…

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Finding ways forward

  Context The numbers of people over 65 without adult children are set to double from 1.2 million at the present time to 2 million by 2030. At the moment 92% of informal care is provided by family [1]and 80% of older people with disabilities are cared for by either their spouse or adult children…

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The first step to find solutions for people ageing without children is to include us in mainstream thinking on ageing

“older people and their families”, “older people and their relatives”; in all the coverage of the so called dementia tax and the spotlight on social care, older people were entirely bracketed with their family or relatives. AWOC believes we all know what is meant when media coverage or policy reports talk about family; they mean…

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