They would have liked to have had children but there was a possibility of Huntington’s disease in the family and they didn’t want to take the risk of passing it on.As with many people who join AWOC, it’s been the experience of caring for elderly parents that made them worry about their own old age.Our aim is to help and support women who don’t have children.Mostly aged over 35, they’re either still trying to become mothers, or trying to accept the fact they never will. She and her husband John, both 64, live in rural Cheshire.Coming to terms with that is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do – a process made tougher by the lack of support for childless women.
But I have a few Swedish girlfriends and they all have opinions of their fellow male counterparts. Swedish guys have done a good job of losing their balls over the years, part thanks to feminism, part thanks to super tight jeans that served as self castrating devices.eactions to the issues of ageing without children can be surprisingly cruel and unsupportive, often along the lines of: ‘Well, you should have had kids then,’ without knowing anything of the individual’s experience.But, as many of those ageing with children know, having kids does not guarantee a peaceful and supported old age.To date, no governmental initiative, national charity report or commission has tackled it.
In a survey carried out by AWOC in 2015, 90 per cent of respondents felt that the government had not recognised the numbers of people ageing without children, were unaware of the impact on health and social care, or regarded it as unimportant.
Indeed, the government line on ageing is that ‘families must do more’ - ignoring those for whom that isn’t an option.