With advances in medicine, people are living longer resulting in a growing elderly population.
NHS statistics show:
- The UK population is projected to increase from an estimated 63.7 million in mid-2012 to 67.13 million by 2020 and 71.04 million by 2030.
- The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase from 10.84m in 2012 to 17.79m by 2037. As part of this growth, the number of over-85s is estimated to be more than double from 1.44 million in 2012 to 3.64 million by 2037.
NHS Confederation (12/5/2016) Key Statistics on the NHS. Available at http://www.nhsconfed.org/resources/key-statistics-on-the-nhs (Accessed on 18/08/2016).
Many older adults lack the support or funds to receive the care they need. Government funding to support older adults is severely stretched and likely to be reduced further. In addition, families are more dispersed and the distance sometimes hinders the ability to care for each other.
Currently, in the UK family members provide the majority of the needed care. Family members often give up their jobs to look after a loved one, a sacrifice that impacts on them financially now and in terms of their own future pension and care prospects.
Give&TakeCare was born with the aim to find an original solution to a challenging problem. In generating more support for older adults now and offering the care pension, G&TC ensures that there will be care available for future generations through a community-based solution.
Many people are not prepared for the limitations they will suddenly face as their bodies age.
Age UK website cites the following statistics:
- Half of all people aged 75 and over live alone.
- 1 in 10 people aged 65 or over say they are always or often feel lonely – that’s just over a million people.
- Half of all older people consider the television their main form of company.
Life events such as the loss of a spouse or partner can also create a huge strain on individuals and may diminish their confidence and result in more loneliness.
Loneliness is therefore, a significant social care problem. Give&TakeCare aims to reconnect communities and by doing so reduce loneliness by stimulating morefor older adults. Assisting someone with basic day-to-day tasks or just providing some company once or twice a week, has a hugely positive impact on the well-being of older people and will also help younger persons to secure some care for when they will need it.
Age UK (2016) Combating Loneliness. Available at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/relationships-and-family/befriending-services-combating-loneliness/ (Accessed on 28/06/2016).