Is 75 the new 65?
It’s a fact of life we each grow older every day but we’re also growing older for much longer. Whilst this no doubt brings bring many benefits, it also sets a number of challenges about how we meet the needs of older people and a growing ageing population.
To help further our understanding of the complex and diverse needs of London’s fast growing older population and target our resources more effectively, the Trust commissioned the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) to produce a reportlooking at this issue. The findings have also been used to create a website as a resource for organisations working with older people in the capital.
With the number of older people in London set to rise dramatically, the report highlights the urgent need to tackle social isolation amongst the oldest members of our society. The predictions are startling. The number of people in London aged over 65 is expected to rise by a third in the next 20 years and those aged over 90 by 95%.
The report found that nearly one-fifth of over 75’s “felt lonely much of the time during the past week” and whilst a quarter of 65 -74 year olds live alone, nearly half of over 75’s do so.