Independent Age is a unique and growing charity, providing information, advice and support for thousands of older people across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Independent Age merged with two other charities, Counsel and Care and the Universal Beneficent Society, to provide a broader range of services than any of the charities could provide separately.
We are really proud to be part of Carers Week for the second year running. As the age of the population increases, many people are taking on the role of carer to friends, neighbours and family. This can occur at any time, but a large proportion of carers are over the age of 60, looking after older relatives.
Independent Age Chief Executive, Janet Morrison said: "Independent Age is delighted to be supporting Carers Week. In the UK, around 1.5 million carers over the age of 60 provide unpaid care for a partner, family member, friend or neighbour. They do a vital job, but receive little or nothing in return. Without them, though, our health and social care systems could not function. Anyone can become a carer at any time, and as our population ages, older carers will increasingly fill the gap left by statutory services. That’s why we believe it’s so important that people have access to the advice, information and support they need, should they suddenly find themselves in a caring role, whether that’s in a direct, care-giving way or by assisting older relatives manage the complexity of our social care system."
Independent Age offers advice on the support that’s available to carers through our telephone helpline. We also have a range of free guides available. In 2012 around 3,000 people downloaded our free guide for carers. Call us on 0845 262 1863 or visit our website: www.independentage.org for more information.