Ageing population

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  • Impact of the ageing population on families
    • housing and the elderly
      • Elderly couple households
        • increased from 52.6% in 2001, to 56.8% in 2011
        • if ill health or disability become a problem for one member of the household, the other tends to become the primary carer
        • the 2011 census shows that 1.3 million people over the age of 65 are caring for their relatives, especially their spouse
      • Elderly single  households
        • significant increase in the number of one person households over pension age
        • of those aged over 65 who live alone, 68% are female
        • varies in experiences of being alone
    • extended families
      • in the 1950's, 40% of the elderly had ben taken in by their relatives but this had dropped to 5% by the mid 1990's
      • it was believed that extended families living together was in terminal decline
      • 42% of Asian men and 68% of Asian women aged 85 and over live in multigenerational households whereas 12% of white men and 19% of white women of the same age group
    • extended ties and kinship
      • quality of parent-child relationships may be negatively affected
      • caring for elderly relatives can create a financial hardship
      • 77% of older people see their relatives on a weekly basis whereas 1 in 10 see their relatives less than once a year
    • beanpole families
      • increasing tendency for women to pursue higher education and career
      • these are 4 generational families, or families that include great grandparents and great grandchildren
      • have fewer aunts, uncles, cousins etc.
    • grandparenting and relationships
      • 5.8 million grandparent look after their grandchildren on a regular basis for an average of 10 hours a week.
      • families benefit from the presence of grandparents
      • when the mother is in work or education, 71% receive childcare from their grandparents and 35% rely on grandparents as the main providers of childcare


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