10 December 2012
Would you move in with your children?
Research carried out by CarelineUK, manufacturers of pendant alarms for people living alone, showed that when faced with the choice of moving in with relatives and staying in their own home almost 7 out of 10 said they would choose independence.
More than a third said the reasoning behind it was that they didn’t want to disturb their love life and a quarter were concerned it would stop them socialising.
Other reasons included having less say over what is watched on the television or eaten for dinner while many were concerned they would be constantly called upon for free babysitting.
Almost 6 out of 10 people over the age of 55 said they would always prefer to live alone.
Gill Bennett, CarelineUK’s head of business, said, “The idea that our parents and grandparents are desperate to move in with their family went out with The Golden Girls. It seems the over-55s have got more in common with teenagers than you might think with both keen to ensure that there is no family around to cramp their style. For those who are retired, or who are
approaching retirement age, it seems these days it’s all about living independently. Keeping their home means they can still have their social life and watch what they want on TV without
being on call for babysitting duty.”