Elderly, care for yourselves

Local councillors are not being open about the likelihood that most of today’s adults will need to have someone other than local authorities provide their eldercare.

Calculations by Kjeld Møller Pedersen, a health economist with the University of Southern Denmark, show that the number of adults needing eldercare in the coming decade will outstrip councils’ ability to pay for it.

Pedersen calculates that in ten years, the number of 80-year-olds will grow by 30 percent.

An average 80-year-old uses 104,000 kroner more each year than she pays in taxes. The average 50-year-old costs about 30,000 kroner.

Jyllands-Posten

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