- 61% of today’s over 65 year olds worry about losing independence
- 53% find loss of independence a difficult subject to discuss
According to new research* from Age UK Personal Alarms, 61% of today’s over 65 year olds worry about losing their independence. In addressing this, a quarter (28%) of over 65 year olds have discussed the issue of independence and their wishes with their families. However 53% of over 65s either put off talking about it or find it altogether too awkward a subject matter to discuss.
For the vast majority the ability to stay at home for as long as possible is important with 68% saying they would wish to remain living in their own home should they lose their independence. In terms of facilitating this, close to a third (32%) of those surveyed think that better provision of local services, such as public transport and services to provide support with care at home are crucial. Additionally, over a quarter (29%) think aids and adaptations that help people maintain independence in their home for longer, such as stair lifts and personal alarms, are also key.
Gordon Morris, Managing Director of Age UK Personal Alarms, said:
‘The issue of how we maintain independent lives as we grow older is relevant to us all, whatever our circumstances. It is important that individuals, friends and family involved are aware of all the options available that can help make this happen and that they feel comfortable discussing these.’
Age UK has a range of independence aids available, including the Age UK Personal Alarm and other independent living aids such as the Age UK Stairlift, as well as information and advice on living independently. You can find out more online at www.ageuk.org.uk/mobility, or alternatively call on 0800 022 4026 or pop into your local Age UK.