On a day when the future financing of social care is the subject of a new announcement by the Coalition government, Ageing and Society publish our research on how older couples grapple with these matters.

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On a day when the future financing of social care is the subject of a new announcement by the Coalition government, Ageing and Society publish our research on how older couples grapple with these matters:

Financial planning for social care in later life: the ‘shadow’ of fourth age dependency

Article by Debora Price, Dinah Bisdee, Tom Daly, Lynne Livsey and Paul Higgs (Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London, UK and University College London, UK).

ABSTRACT

As policy makers in the United Kingdom and many other countries grapple with financing the needs of an ageing population, financial planning for social care in later life is high on political agendas. We draw on qualitative research with older couples in the United Kingdom about their intimate money practices to analyse the day-to-day meanings attributed to money, saving and consumption in the context of financial planning for later life and death. We find that expenditure…

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