Elderly care medicine

  • Nicola Bradbury


The impact of the rapid increase in the numbers of elderly people in most developed countries can be regarded as a major challenge of the late 20th century. There has been a dramatic rise in the numbers of those surviving to over 75 years of age. Current projections envisage some 20% of the population by the end of the century being over 65, with an increasing build-up of the over 80s. As elderly people are, proportionally, heavy users of both health and social services, the financial consequences for the NHS are likely to be considerable. The lower age limit which defines ‘old age’ — conventionally retirement age — is becoming increasingly vague. Pressure of numbers, as well as the anticipation that many people experience relatively good health for the first decade or more following retirement, means that some services for elderly people deal only with those over 75 years.


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