RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ, 15:30, 17 September 2008

The launch of major new research into the effects of care provision, made possible by the Nuffield Foundation.

As the UK population ages, demand for personal care within society will increase. However, the majority of care will continue to be provided as ‘unpaid care’ by family members, with the growing demand for care expected to fall increasingly on older cohorts.

This means that understanding the experience of older carers and the effects of caring on their lives has never been more important.

"Living and Caring? An Investigation of the Experience of Older Carers" uses detailed quantitative analysis to compare the lives of carers and non-carers across multiple domains such as quality of life, health, income and housing.

This research will be launched at an event at the RSA on Wednesday September 17th, 2008. Following a presentation of key findings, a panel will discuss the implications of the research, including:

  • As demographic change takes hold, how much can society rely on the provision of unpaid care by older people?
  • How can public policy build on the capacity of individuals and their families to cope and adapt to periods of care provision?
  • What do differences in the experience of carers suggest for the future direction of policy?

Agenda from the event:

15.15 - 15.30
Registration and Coffee
16.30 - 15.35
Welcome by Chair, Mervyn Koehler, Help the Aged
15.35 - 16.15

  • Andy Ross, Senior Researcher, NatCen
  • James Lloyd, Head of Policy & Research, ILC-UK

16.15 - 16.45
Panel Response:

  • Anne McDonald, Programme Director - Community Wellbeing, Local Government Association
  • Caroline Bernard, Policy + Communications Manager, Counsel and Care
  • Madeleine Starr, Strategic Projects Manager, Carers UK

16.45 - 17.25
17.25 - 17.30
Close by Chair

This event was free and open to all; however, registration was required.