So, encourage the nuclear family then

The number of “lonely” over 50-year-olds is set to hit two million within seven years, Age UK has warned.

The charity said that the growing population of older people means more of them are going to be lonely and isolated in the future.

The figures came as a separate report showed that thousands of roles in the adult social care sector were left unfilled.

Hmm, what’s that? Why reverse course on half a century of killing the nuclear family you say?

Well, possibly because humans don’t do very well without that nuclear family? There being a reason we’re likely descended from those who were in one?

17 thoughts on “So, encourage the nuclear family then”

  1. “…thousands of roles in the adult social care sector were left unfilled.”

    See also the ‘Daily Mail’ article this morning by Ian Birrell, bewailing the fact that his Polish care worker is leaving the country, and – horror of horrors! – they now have to look for someone else to care for their disabled daughter.

    Because, c’mon now, you can’t expect THEM to do it, can you?

  2. Nuclear fmaily. What is that, some sort of family that has been killed in a nuclear bomb?

    What kind person would wnat thAT?

  3. What Longrider says. There are/were also some perverse incentives built into the tax & benefit system – council tax on granny flats (this was recently halved), stamp duty land tax, inability to claim certain benefits when living with extended family vs living alone, and so on.

    But the main “problem” is women in work, so there’s no longer a spare pair of hands at home to help feed granny.

  4. @ Julia M
    Journalists believe that they are superior to Charles I and above the law so of course you cannot expect them to fulfil their basic human responsibilities.
    The shortage of Care Workers is because they are not paid enough to attract people to take on a frequently stressful and occasionally unpleasant job. Using Eastern Europeans who will accept a low wage (there have been fusses over whether travelling time between calls means that theu are getting less than NMW) papers over the cracks and Brexit will precipitate a crisis that will have to be solved by paying them a fair wage (which needs to be a damn sight more than NMW – I shouldn’t take on that job at 100k pa if the alternative was digging ditches).
    Shortage of Social Workers because stressful and less well-paid than cushy jobs in local government.
    Payment in state sector not related to supply and demand …

  5. It is agitation for a Ministry of Loneliness with the extra scumjobs that will provide for ambitious WOMIs.

    That’s all. They’d throw you in landfill once your shit life is over were it not that they want more money for “taking care of you” jobs.

    That and their fetish against landfill of course.

  6. @ Mr Ecks
    No, it is a bid for more resources being allocated to “Age UK” with *two* expansions to its remit – (i) special resources for reducing “loneliness” and (ii) expanding “old” to mean include anyone over 50.
    The latest edition of my local paper has a column (he does deserve a whole column) of a local 80-year-old who won 8 medals, mostly gold, in the “World Highland Games” throwing heavy things (even the “light” weight is pretty heavy); he only got a silver for throwing the caber, so there’s an 80-year-old even better than him at throwing the caber.
    And Age UK wants us to believe that 50-year-olds are “old” now?!?

  7. having taken up running again in my 50s you notice all the people in their 70s and above who are still very active and fit, did a 14km event last year and the oldest entrant was in her nineties

  8. @john 77
    You don’t throw the caber, you toss it.

    On topic though. I’m going through a separation at the moment, and all I can say is that being in a marriage felt like I was cut off from all my old friends. I know you have to move on, but marriage is no guarantee of not being lonely.

  9. ‘The number of “lonely” over 50-year-olds is set to hit two million within seven years, Age UK has warned.’

    Their Grand Presumption that being alone equates to loneliness makes them Stupid Turds. This is akin to the Grand Presumption that poor people ‘struggle.’

    Loneliness is a temporary affliction. Age UK doesn’t know that; they insert their projection for fact. They are an embarrassment. They should be barred from using UK in their name.

  10. @ Ian Reid and less perceptive readers
    Apologies.
    I don’t toss the caber because I’m likely to lose my balance if I try to pick it up!

  11. Their Grand Presumption that being alone equates to loneliness makes them Stupid Turds.

    Yep. I live alone and it’s fucking marvellous. Peace and quiet.

  12. Mr Ecks said:
    “They’d throw you in landfill once your shit life is over were it not that they want more money for “taking care of you” jobs.”

    They don’t even care about the “taking care of you” jobs; all they’re interested in is the well-paid office jobs managing the immigrants who do the “taking care of you” jobs. And the paid anti-loneliness policy discussion forum meetings, and so on.

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