A new poll has revealed that the quality of the care they will receive is a significant concern for many individuals.
The research, which was conducted by Age Concern, shows that some 80 per cent of those questioned are "very concerned" about the care they will be given when they reach old age.
A further 40 per cent of respondents revealed that they are concerned they will not be treated with dignity and respect when they require assistance, reports Nursingpractice.com.
The charity states that common complaints from the elderly about their care is that they are not being medicated properly and that home carers failed to turn up at the appointed time.
Age Concern is launching a campaign - the Big Q - in an attempt to challenge politicians to take action to improve the level of care that elderly people receive.
The group claims that the campaign will focus on getting the five things needs to ensure high-quality care, money, dignity, clarity, fairness and independence.
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