The country’s ageing population is seen to be one of the top three challenges facing UK society over the next 20 years, falling just behind healthcare and immigration¹ according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by Independent Age. Additionally, four fifths (79%) of adults think the ageing population will present a large challenge for the UK.
The poll questioned 2,421 UK adults to explore the support needs among over 65s in the UK.
Alzheimer’s Society comment:
George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘The fact that people are living longer due to advances in medical research and public health is something to be celebrated. However, as age is the greatest risk factor for dementia in many ways this means it’s become a victim of its own success. Numbers of people with dementia are soaring but the health and social care system is still not geared up to best provide for them. With hospitals under immense pressure it is clear more of the same will not work. We need bold reform bringing together health and social care and an end to cuts to community care and support.
This is also a challenge to society as a whole. We need a Minister for Older People round the Cabinet table banging the drum for older people so that policies work for them. It is worrying that they and particularly people with dementia face isolation and loneliness in later life. Our communities are not meeting the needs of people with dementia and this must change.’