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Charities need 'radical rethink' to support older people

A new Centre for Ageing Better report says that “Without fundamental changes in society, the challenges faced by increasing numbers of older people will have dire consequences for the NHS, care services and for public spending”, and calls upon the charity sector and government to tackle these issues.

It also reports that the number of people aged 65 and over is expected to increase by 44 per cent by 2037 and says that the ageing population will have effects on health, services and public spending.

The report also notes that 68 per cent of people aged 70 and over cannot access services due to poor health. It suggests that charities should take more steps to create services to help reduce isolation and support the community. It also encourages that more volunteering opportunities be made available for older people, who are more likely to be out of work than younger generations.

“The fact that we are living longer is a great achievement. But making the most of these extra years requires fundamental changes across society. Without a radical rethink from the government, businesses and charities, more people risk missing out on a good later life. There is much to gain if we take action now, but also much to lose if we fail.”

Read Centre for Ageing Better - The State of Ageing in 2019