Community spirit by Henry Hobson

Here’s my post for Care to Share Magazine:

Care To Share Magazine blog

What do we mean when we say we have an ageing population? That we are all getting older? This may be true, but they don’t amount to the same thing. The main reason for this of course is the birth and death rates. As time passes, we get older, some people die and others are born. So as we as individuals get older, we might expect the age of the overall population to remain the same. But it doesn’t; the population is ageing as we are repeatedly told.

Rising living standards and breakthroughs in medical science are the main contributors here, causing life expectancy in the UK to have risen by 6 ½ years between 1980 and 2011 according to the Office for National Statistics. That we are all expected to live longer and healthier lives is a cause for celebration, let there be no doubt, but it does bring…

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