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Two-thirds of adults will be carers – and burden falls on women

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Two-thirds of adults will be carers – and burden falls on women

A report from charity Carers UK says that two-thirds of UK adults can expect to provide unpaid care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill in their lifetime.

The research also reveals that the average person has a 50:50 chance of becoming an unpaid carer by the age of 50. It finds that, on average, women can expect to take on caring responsibilities more than a decade earlier than men. Half of women will be carers by the age of 46, whereas half of men can expect to be carers at 57.