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Sunday, August 08, 2010

The old–old are getting older

The population is ageing. I know, tell me something new.

OK, well according to the ONS the fastest population increase is in the number of 85+.

In 1984, there were around 660,000 people in the UK aged 85 and over. Since then the numbers have more than doubled reaching 1.4 million in 2009. By 2034 the number of people aged 85+ over is projected to be 2.5 times larger than in 2009, reaching 3.5 million (5% of the total population).

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that this will have some mega consequences for the provision of health, care and residential services.

There is going to be money to be made in the oldest of old market. Dick Stroud

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