More than 60 per cent of people over the age of 65 worry about losing their independence, according to research from Age UK Lancashire.
The survey found that nearly a fifth of over 65 year olds from the North West have discussed the issue of independence and their wishes with their families.
However 67 per cent either put off talking about it or find it altogether too awkward a subject matter to discuss.
Julie Fry of Age UK Lancashire in Preston, said: “The issue of how we maintain independent lives as we grow older is relevant to us all, whatever our circumstances.
“It is important that individuals, friends and family involved are aware of all the options available that can help make this happen and that they feel comfortable discussing these.”
For most the ability to stay at home for as long as possible is important with 59 per cent saying they would wish to remain living in their own home.