Tuesday, 19th March 2013
UK: Ready for Ageing?
Source: House of Lords Public Service and Demographic Change Committee (UK)
From the Introduction:
The UK population is ageing rapidly, but we have concluded that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared. Longer lives can be a great benefit, but there has been a collective failure to address the implications and without urgent action this great boon could turn into a series of miserable crises.
The Committee focused on the implications of an ageing population for individuals and public policy in the near future, the decade 2020–2030. Key projections about ageing include:
51% more people aged 65 and over in England1 in 2030 compared to 2010
101% more people aged 85 and over in England in 2030 compared to 2010
10.7 million people in Great Britain can currently expect inadequate retirement incomes
over 50% more people with three or more long-term conditions in England by 2018 compared to 2008
over 80% more people aged 65 and over with dementia (moderate or severe cognitive impairment) in England and Wales by 2030 compared to 2010.
Longer lives represent progress, and the changes do not mean a great economic or general fiscal crisis. Moreover the contribution to our society made by older people, which is already impressive, will be even greater as a result: 30% of people aged over 60 volunteer regularly through formal organisations. However, as well as opportunities, the changes create major challenges for individuals, for employers, for our welfare services, and for the Government and all political parties. Others have looked at aspects of these changes, but the Committee’s approach was holistic: surveying the landscape to highlight key issues for our society and encourage public debate.
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