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Estimated rise in people aged over 60 by 40%!

In support of the article entitled “Massive increase in need for┬ácare for elderly predicted” a recent press release on the BBC News website published the following statements….

  • “According to recent estimates, the number of people over 60 could rise by 40% in the next 30 years, although there is much dispute about the figures.
  • In 1995 there were less than 9 million people over 65 in the UK – by 2030 there may be about 13 million.
  • In 1951, there were 300 people aged 100 and over. By the year 2031, it is estimated that this figure could boom to 36,000.
  • At the same time, fertility is set to fall as women leave childbirth later and later.
  • This means there will be fewer young people supporting a growing elderly population.
  • The ratio of people of working age to people over 65 could fall from 3.7:1 to 2.1:1 in 2040.
  • With people living longer and longer because of medical and other advances, health experts believe the number of people suffering from debilitating conditions such as cancer and heart disease will grow and could mean a rising demand for nursing care”.
This rise in demand for care for the elderly could create huge pressure in the residential and health care industry but also, if prepared, massive opportunities for future care home developments.
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