Really good article by the BBC about the plight of elderly carers in our society. Whilst the article quite rightly focuses on the social support needed, they also need significant legal support with issues such as Powers of Attorney from Trusted Advisers
The number of people in their 80s or older who are relied on as carers has rocketed in the last seven years, according to a charity. Age UK says one in seven of the "oldest old" - an estimated 417,000 people in all - now provides some sort of unpaid care to family or friends.Over half of these clock up more than 35 hours a week. Many are exhausted and say they worry about how long they might be able to carry on, says the charity.The findings come from a yearly representative household survey of 15,000 people aged 60 and older. The results were multiplied to give an estimate for the whole of the UK. In 2009, an estimated 301,000 people in their 80s were carers. That figure has now risen by nearly 40%.