Letter: Who can afford to grow old?

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The Independent Online
Sir: Rachel Collins (Letters, 7 October) must live in a different world from most who are facing the problems of old age. 'Reluctant' to pay parents' nursing- home fees? How many working people bring home, let alone would be able to spare, the necessary pounds 15,000-odd - after tax?

I work full time to earn less than half that amount net, and my husband, officially retired, must also work if we are to maintain a half- decent way of life - annual holiday, but no car. My aged mother died last year; the Alzheimer's disease that necessitated professional nursing care for her last few years also - a small mercy - spared her the realisation that the modest legacy intended by my late father to pass to me, their only child, had all been spent providing that care.

Yours faithfully,



7 October