If you’re looking for unsung heroes, look no fourther than care givers.
Though you may find them hard to spot, because as well as unsung – they’re often unappreciated, unsupported, unpaid, unhealthy themselves, quite likely unhappy – and unable to get out much. Such is the burden of responsibility and sheer physical exhaustion involved in looking after someone else.
According to Carers UK, there are an estimated 1.3 million people aged 65 and over who are the primary (perhaps only?) carer for someone else. So as well as the self-sacrificing goodness involved, they’re also saving the state (i.e. the rest of us) a lot of cash.
So it’s good when someone pays attention to them, or even better, lends a hand.
Whether it’s a care worker paid for out of those pesky taxes, a neighbour or – in this case – actress Lesley Joseph, who played Dorien in the TV series Birds of a Feather.
Sure it was for a TV show – part of the BBC’s When I’m 65 season – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be sincere and helpful – nor that she doesn’t personally have her own insight. She has a 100-year-old Mum of her own after all.
I met Lesley when she came in to talk about her time with Pat and Malcolm. It’s worth a listen. Click here.
I’m looking forward to what the rest of the Loose Bloggers Consortium have to say on this – there’s a wealth of experience and expertise amongst them. You’ll find their links by scrolling down the right hand column.