Financial support for senior citizens
State pension payments will be offered to women over the age of 60 and men over the age of 65 who have completed the required number of years of contribution to the State; these payments are roughly £90 per week. Depending on your employment record you may also receive a pension plan from your previous employer; you should contact your employer for further details.
Caring for the elderly
It can be particularly distressing to see elderly relatives struggling to cope on their own; however, if this is the case it may be necessary to think about how you are going to look after them in the future. There are a number of different options available; these include home care services, sheltered accommodation, care homes or arranging to care for your relatives by yourself or with other relatives.
Paying for care of elderly relatives
Caring for elderly people can be expensive; however, there is financial support available. Social services subsidise some care services in the local area which can dramatically reduce the cost of care. Elderly people are entitled to their state pension payments while they are in care so make sure they are still receiving their payments.
Keeping healthy in old age
Staying fit and healthy can improve your quality of life and increase your life expectancy; your diet and exercise regime may make a significant impact on your general health. As your body ages it becomes less able to deal with infections and illnesses so it is important to keep your immune system as healthy as possible; this means eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in order to ensure you take in a range of vitamins and minerals. It may also be necessary to take vitamin and mineral supplements, especially if you are deficient in some of them. Try to exercise frequently; this need only involve gentle exercise, such as walking, but it will keep your joints loose and your muscles and organs healthy. Be aware of the strain some lifestyle choices put on your body; smoking and drinking heavily, for example, can have serious implications for your health.
As people age they are more likely to experience difficulties with their mobility. There are several measures which can be taken to make your home more accessible and many options which will enable you to be able to get out and about. In the home it may be beneficial to install ramps, chair lifts and rails in order to make it easier for you to get around. If you want to go out but don’t think you will be able to walk for long periods of time, there are options available to you so make sure you are aware of them; you can hire a motorised scooter for example, for free from Shop mobility.