About this study
People aged 50 and over, who devote more than 20 or more hours a
week to caring for family or friends, have a worse quality of life
This is one of the key findings from the Living and Caring report, which assesses the impact of informal care provision on older people by comparing the experiences of carers and non-carers aged 50 and over. Experiences are compared across five key social policy domains:
We conducted this study in partnership with the International Longevity Centre UK. It was funded by the Nuffield Foundation.
Potential policy impact
The Government could take a number of steps to improve the lives
of older carers.
These steps include financial support, more and improved respite services, and support to ensure carers are better able to look after their own health.
Our findings are based on data collected from
Study of Ageing interviews conducted between 2004 and
We used regression techniques to compare the experiences of carers and non-carers across five key policy domains.
We examined any change in experiences that were associated with a person moving into or out of a caring role and the influence each policy domain had on a carer's quality of life.
The characteristics of the person being cared for and the impact this had on a carer's quality of life was also explored.
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