Family is something that most of us take for granted, especially as we get older and we start to rely on our children for help and support.
But for some, they don’t have that luxury. There are currently one million people over 65 who don’t have children, and that figure is expected to double by 2030.
But what does this mean? It means that many of those one million people will face struggles in everyday life that most of us won’t even bat an eye at. Who is there to help clean the house after an operation, or to phone the bank to sort out an issue or even to do the food shopping during a pandemic?
This week’s podcast guest, Kirsty Woodard, has spent the last 30 years working on issues around ageing. But in the past seven years, she has turned her attention to finding ways of helping some of the one million over 65s who don’t have children they can turn to for help.