A new report by Age UK Boston and South Holland claims 60 per cent of today’s over 65s in the East Midlands worry about losing their independence.
In addressing this, a fifth (21 per cent) of over 65 year olds from the East Midlands have discussed the issue of independence and their wishes with their families.
However 56 per cent of over 65s locally either put off talking about it or find it altogether too awkward a subject matter to discuss. Some 66 per cent said they would wish to remain living in their own home should they lose their independence.
In terms of facilitating this, over a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed think that better provision of local services, such as public transport and services to provide support with care at home are crucial.
Additionally, a third (33 per cent) think aids and adaptations that help people maintain independence in their home for longer, such as personal alarms, are also key.
Amanda Wilson of Age UK Boston and South Holland, said: “The issue of how we maintain independent lives as we grow older is relevant to us all, whatever our circumstances.
“It is important that individuals, friends and family involved are aware of all the options available that can help make this happen and that they feel comfortable discussing these.”
Age UK has a range of independence aids available, including a personal alarm. For details call 01205 364161 or visit Age UK Boston and South Holland, Community Room, 34 Strait Bargate, Boston.