Caring responsibilities in middle and early older age

3rd November 2014 12:00 to 14:00
ESRC Festival of Social Science

This seminar will be hosted by CLS in collaboration with Age UK. It will introduce policymakers and third sector researchers to early findings from the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) age 55 survey, focusing on the caring responsibilities of cohort members in middle age. Age UK will present their own research on the changing patterns of informal care in early older age and the effect of caring responsibilities on health, lifestyle and employment.

The event offers delegates:

  • a first look at findings from the NCDS age 55 survey
  • a unique opportunity to look at the so-called ‘sandwich’ generation who at age 55 may care for older parents or grandchildren, and also have children still living at home
  • the chance to hear from a panel of carers who will be invited to share how the findings are relevant to their own experiences and which policy issues are important to them
  • time for networking and discussion to identify areas for future policy-relevant analyses. 

The event will demonstrate how the NCDS can support policy development and practices in public service and business. The programme will highlight evidence particularly relevant to:

  • third sector organisations working to find solutions to ageing-related issues, including making sure carers are identified and receive support
  • Department of Health priorities of funding for carers' breaks, increased personalised support for carers, and help to stay in work/education and manage their own health.