There are over 1 million carers over the age of 65 in the UK, the majority of them women. Over 80% of older carers state that caring has had a negative impact on their physical and mental health.
Many older people report feeling very lonely as a result of their caring responsibilities. They are unable to get out and about to see friends or take part in social activities.
Bridget told us:
“My husband had early onset dementia in his 60s. I cared for him for ten years until he died … when I was 70. The loss felt more intense to me as a carer”.
Read Bridget's story, and more from other guest contributors, in our Ageism Plus series.