Our thanks to Chloe for pointing us to an interesting organization, Ageing Without Children. It is open to both men and women, and of course far more men than women will enter their later years estranged from their children. The following excerpt from the ‘About’ webpage takes up the remainder of this post:
1 in 5 people over 50 have children and by 2030, there will be 2 million people over 65 without children.
Ageing without Children aims to help people ageing without children live a later life free of the free fear of ageing alone and being without support.
We want to:
Set up local groups where people ageing without children can meet together to get support
Ensure that people ageing without children admitted to hospital or residential care have someone to speak up for them if they need it or are unable to do so themselves
Work with other organisations, the NHS and local government to ensure that people ageing without children are not forgotten or ignored when services for older people are being discussed and planned