The Care Services Minister Paul Burstow answered questions from ITV News viewers and a group of pensioners in Deptford on the Government's White Paper on social care.
Many of the pensioners were concerned that their families would be burdened as the cost of their home may not cover the cost of the residential care they need.
John and Clare Merry both have Alzheimer's. The money to pay for their care is running out and their family faces a difficult choice.
Pensioners moving into residential care will be given state loans so they do not have to sell their property to fund their care.
With 3million people over 80 in the UK a figure set to double by 2030 - make no mistake this is a demographic timebomb that will cost us all