Once, there was a man who was constrained into early retirement. Resolved to continue carrying on with a full and important life, he occupied his time with leisure activities and random temp jobs. Tragically, organization, the idiocy of others and sheer misfortune consolidated to land him in all way of unusual circumstances - including being sued for assaulting a pit bull with coconut meringues, and being covered alive in his own nursery.
His sorry life at last finished when he was run over by a vehicle, however not before he had always deified the expression: ‘I don’t trust it!’
That man was Victor Meldrew, the primary character in the TV sitcom ‘Barely hanging on’. The satire arrangement illustrated baffled old age. The last arrangement was communicated in 2000.
Today, and for a long time to come, increasingly more of the populace are bringing down ‘one foot into the grave’. As indicated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), just because, there are presently 10 million people in the UK matured 65 or more. Should current patterns in future proceed, the ONS figures that the quantity of people matured 60 and over will ascend by more than 50 percent in the following 25 years.
So what’s the issue? Most likely, a maturing populace that increments is something to be thankful for? It is a triumph of post-war propels in medication and government assistance, improved ways of life and improved training. Rather than losing people to war, preventable disease and neediness, we are presently living longer, more advantageous and more dynamic lives than anytime ever.
In any case, the befuddled and confounding open discussion on the maturing populace paints a horrid as opposed to idealistic picture. Experts foresee a looming “dark time bomb” prompting cuts in monetary development. We appear to be occupied with a ‘segment war’, where the old need to protect their present way of life for whatever length of time that conceivable and the youthful will be approached to pay higher duties so as to fund it.
The truth of old age isn’t care for One Foot in the Grave delineates it. While Victor Meldrew persevered through numerous insults, none were as genuine as the situation confronting numerous retired people and older people today. Set forth plainly, we are not extremely kind to the old, as the straightforward realities beneath appear.
1 out of 4 older people live in neediness - 66% of whom are ladies. The full state benefits is £95.25 every week contrasted with the administration’s legitimate neediness level, which is £165 every week. In April 2009, the National Pensioners Convention called for additional increments in the state annuity.