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Demographic issues, projections and trends: Older people with high support needs in the UK

An overview on existing knowledge concerning demographic issues, projections and trends.

Written by:
Jane Falkingham et al
Date published:

The population aged 85 and over is the fastest growing age group in the entire UK population. More older people than ever before live alone, and this has implications for residential arrangements and care among this group.

This paper:

  • provides an overview of existing knowledge on demographic issues, projections and trends in relation to older people with high support needs in the UK;
  • makes conclusions with reference to likely future trends;
  • recommends continued investment in data sources to further understanding of health, disability, economic and social well-being in old age.