With advances in medicine, people are living longer resulting in a growing elderly population.
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.
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.
Give&TakeCare was developed to find a new solution to the challenges of the care crisis. In generating more befriending support for older adults now, alleviating loneliness and isolation, G&TC simultaneously seeks to create care for future generations via the Care Savings Account. This is a community-based solution which requires people to share our vision and take part.
Give&TakeCare aims to reconnect communities. 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/