New data suggests that the next 25 years will see the country’s 85+ population double – with fears that this will further worsen the social care crisis.
The data, provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has led to a number of elderly care charities voicing concern about the implications for social care.
As reported by the Telegraph, Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of Independent Age, said: “People across England are navigating a social care system that is in crisis.
“As our society ages, and more people rely on this system, it is vital that high quality services are in place to support people at the right time.
“Action must be taken by politicians across all parties to ensure that the social care system is fit for purpose, and that free personal care is part of that solution.”
Anna Dixon, chief executive, Centre for Ageing Better, added: “As these new figures show, the age-profile of our population is dramatically shifting, with the number of people over the age of 85 predicted to double in the next 25 years.
“These longer lives are a huge opportunity, but big changes are needed to our workplaces, homes, health services and communities if we are to ensure that everyone is able to age well.
“We also need to rethink our attitudes to age, and tackle the ageist attitudes which hold back too many people from enjoying a good later life.”
The ONS said: “The UK population is projected to grow by three million people by 2028. This assumes migration will have a greater impact on the size of the population than the combination of births and deaths.
“Although migration declines at first and the number of births is stable, the number of deaths is projected to grow as those born in the baby boom after World War Two reach older ages.
“The population is increasingly ageing and this trend will continue.
“However, because of the expected rise in the state pension age to 67 years, it is projected that slightly fewer than one in five people will be of pensionable age in 2028, a similar proportion to today.”