Poll: age of carers

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Resources' started by Brucie, Mar 8, 2004.

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For carer: how old are you?

  1. Less than 40 years

    73 vote(s)
    19.4%
  2. 40-49 years

    105 vote(s)
    27.9%
  3. 50-59 years

    123 vote(s)
    32.7%
  4. 60-69 years

    49 vote(s)
    13.0%
  5. 70-79 years

    22 vote(s)
    5.9%
  6. 80 years or over

    4 vote(s)
    1.1%
  1. victoria

    victoria Registered User

    Nov 5, 2008
    3
    Im 23, 24 in a few weeks, i work in a nursing home, and have dealt with alot of dementia, and now my partners gran has just been diagnosed with dementia and he has put the idea across that i care for her.
     
  2. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    Hi Victoria and welcome to TP.

    The only thing I'd say is that there is a huge difference between working as a carer in a home and caring for a family member at home.

    For a start, when you are working at caring, you can walk away at the end of a shift. That may not be possible at home. When you are working, there are others working with you.

    My advice would be [whatever you eventually decide to do] to explore what other options there are for her care.

    A lot will depend on your circumstances and his gran's current condition and care needs.
     
  3. Eikenella

    Eikenella Registered User

    Oct 13, 2008
    9
    North London
    I've just turned 50 and my brother is 47. Together we look after our mum who is 77 as our 80 year old dad can't cope.
     
  4. x-lauren-x

    x-lauren-x Registered User

    Mar 6, 2007
    125
    I'm 16 and my mum is 47- we looked after my uncle at home but hes not moved into a care home so we are less heavily involved in the phsycial care- more visiting and taking him out :) xxxxx
     
  5. beech mount

    beech mount Registered User

    Sep 1, 2008
    1,524
    Manchester
    Age of carers

    I am 68 going on for 90,my wife is 58 and getting younger.
    John.
     
  6. lesmisralbles

    lesmisralbles Account Closed

    Nov 23, 2007
    5,543
    Dear John

    I am 21:);)
    I wish.
    My hubby is still to me a young man, good looking, with a smile that can melt hearts:)
    Iam 61, he is 84.
    What is age ??
    Nothing.
    If you love them, you love them XX

    Barb XXX
    Sorry Bruce, average age of carers I would say is about 61/62.
     
  7. michaelhamilton

    michaelhamilton Registered User

    I am 71 (born 1937) but well preserved (i.e. still frisky) caring for wife aged 58 (born 1950) now in year three of early onset dementia known as FTD (Fronto-temporal dementia aka Pick's Disease) diagnosed mid 2006.
    Hang in there Folks!
    :)
     
  8. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    That's the thing about data. The members say younger than that. :)

    Data depends on who responds, and the polls here are self-selecting on the part of members... not a 'representative sample', and not scientific.

    It might be that the average age is actually younger - or actually older - or our sample may be spot on.

    Our polls are a snapshot, that's all, an indication from those who respond.
     
  9. florida mel

    florida mel Registered User

    Jul 21, 2008
    59
    Manchester ENGLAND
    Hi Lauren, I had to say hi because my daughter is 10 and is a real help to me in caring for my nan who has alzheimers. My daughter does the dusting for her and puts her shopping away.

    As a mum and a carer well done you :) keep up the good work :)
     
  10. Lynne

    Lynne Registered User

    Jun 3, 2005
    3,433
    Suffolk,England
    Name change needed

    Michael, I definitely think you have to change your user name to Frisky!! Welcome to TP.
     
  11. maddie5177

    maddie5177 Registered User

    Sep 18, 2008
    64
    scotland
    hi,

    I'm 31 and care for my mum who is 61, and god it is tough :eek:
     
  12. Annoula

    Annoula Registered User

    Dec 4, 2008
    155
    Greece
    i am 36 and caring for my mum who is 80 alone.

    she has mild dementia, probably of the vascular type and it took me many years to accept the slow degeneration. year 2007 was awful as the condition worsened a little bit and i was going mad.
    i think i am much calmer now, but i can't stand any other stress in my life.
     
  13. Richard E.

    Richard E. Registered User

    Hi I am 50 care for mother 89 at home

    Please bare with me, new to forums. she has early to middle stage vascular dementia, though I am still trying to work out how they calculate stages. Cared for her about 10 years, although about 3 years dementia. Thankful for all the charity help, could never manage 24/7 on my own, would go mad (though could already be there). Mother says she as a certificate saying she mad, my future inheritance (laugh). I believe in the fact she did her best to bring me up, therefore my turn to take care of her. :)
     
  14. emilysimpson

    emilysimpson Registered User

    Feb 26, 2009
    1
    West Yorkshire
    89

    My Grandma (89) cares for my Grandad (89) 24/7. They are lucky enough to still be together at that age, and to live at home, but my poor Grandma is so frail and stressed she can hardly manage.
     
  15. missy 2

    missy 2 Registered User

    Feb 12, 2009
    7
    west yorkshire
    Hi
    im 47 and care for my mum who's 82 & lives alone
     
  16. lesmisralbles

    lesmisralbles Account Closed

    Nov 23, 2007
    5,543
    Bruce

    Do you think it is time to take this thread off ??

    Barb X
     
  17. kal d

    kal d Registered User

    Jul 30, 2008
    30
    liverpool
    Hi, i am 52 and cared for my dad he is 77 and in a home now, i miss him and now i care for my mum she is 75 she also has dementia.
     
  18. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    12,413
    near London
    it is a thread about age of carers and people as carers post about their age here, so why remove it?:confused:
     
  19. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    70,093
    Kent
    New members are registering every day so this Thread is constantly being updated.
     
  20. DianeB

    DianeB Registered User

    May 29, 2008
    765
    nottinghamshire
    Well if I could put down 2 votes it would be over 80's for my Dad and I am 45. So I am going to vote on my Dads behalf as he was Mum main carer before she was admitted to the nursing home.
     

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