General Article What happens to older disabled people?

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In the disability movement we talk about Choices and Rights but what real choices and rights will I really have as an older disabled person living on the state?

I have tried to work, all my adult life; it hasn’t been easy and two redundancies have inflicted some deep scars. But I still believe that work pays in so many ways. It’s not just about pride or being financially independent and in control. For me, it’s about securing a future for myself and my family where I don’t become dependent on them or worse still, the state. I fear getting old in a society that does not seem to value older people, let alone older disabled people. Allan Sutherland, in his brilliant poem, asks ‘What Happens to Old Epileptics?’ I want to know, what happens to old disabled people? I have met very few older people with my own condition, cerebral palsy – where do we go and how on Earth do we live in our old age if we haven’t paid into the system? Are

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