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why do we have an ageing population

s society facing a "demographic timebomb"? The 2011 census revealed there are more than 10 million people over the age of 65, the proportion aged 85-plus has grown rapidly and the trend will only continue. The Guardian is launching a major project looking at how society can support its ageing population. Bringing together key figures from the public, private and voluntary sectors, academia and central government, the project will include a series of quarterly events and a dedicated online "hub". Our ageing population hub will provide a space to explore the issues facing older people, their families and the services supporting them.

It will also enable those working with older people to exchange ideas and formulate effective practice. The awareness campaign, supported by the,
and, will look at how service providers can plan and prepare for the growing older population. We would also like to hear from older people, their families and carers, as well as those preparing for older age, about the services and support they would like to see delivered в and what they think are the key issues facing the ageing population. More details of the project will be announced early in 2013. The increasing number of very old people has put a strain on healthcare services and social care services.

Very old people have particular needs (e. g. decreasing mobility, loss of eye sight etc. ) that mean they need other people to do things for them. Health care is in ever increasing demand in the UK and it is proven that the elderly visit their doctor more often and have more home visits. They also occupy hospital beds for longer. The government of a country has to find money to pay for this care. Many countries face a whereby there is not enough money to cover the increasing pension demands of a population. In the UK the wages of the current generation pay the pensions of today's OAPs, but with decreasing numbers of young and working age and increasing numbers of elderly it will become more and more expensive to pay for this.

Already the UK government has brought women's pensionable age in line with men's at 65, and this will rise to 67 over time. This is directly related to a countries The bill for social care is also increasing as the elderly often need care for feeding, bathing, collecting vital items etc. Maintaining a dignified quality of life for our elderly is also a big moral issue. Less people of working age means a lower number of workers so the economy shrinks and the Tax base of the country also shrinks.

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