Thousands of adults in the UK are burying their heads in the sand when it comes to planning ahead for their retirement, according to a new survey by National Savings & Investments.
Around 31% of people have no idea how they will finance themselves during retirement, whilst 27% claimed that they simply do not want to think about planning ahead for events such as care and nursing costs or long-term illness.
Almost a quarter appear to be focusing on the present rather than putting money away for the future and feel they don't have the time nor inclination to plan ahead for their retirement.
The cost of care in retirement was cited as a major concern, with an encouraging 44% of people actively placing money aside to cover the eventuality of going into a nursing centre or being cared for at home. A further 48% of respondents said that they want to be financially secure and independent later in life and do not want to have important decisions taken out of their hands.
John Prout, retail customer director at NS&I, stated that planning ahead for later life requires timely and careful consideration.
"Understandably many people don't like to think about growing older and the possibility of needing long-term care one day. It can be a distressing and emotive issue to talk about," he said."With people living well into their eighties, many more of us are likely to need care in the future, and are likely to need to care for others also. Getting the right information as early as possible is vital to making sure you get the best possible care you can in later life."
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