Minister for Older People
We are desperately in need of someone in Government whose remit specifically considers the needs of an under-represented ageing population.
Housing with care options need to be diverse enough to cater for a range of different housing and lifestyle preferences, as well as care needs, so that when a person has an assessment of their support needs, they have a real and valid spectrum of choice about where they might live to have these needs met.
The stamp duty announcement will help reduce payments for a number of older people, but it was disappointing that it didn't extend to a full exemption for older people wishing to downsize...
When this new housing is built, this will inevitably mean changes to local infrastructure and new roads being built. At present, older people face a disproportionately high number of accidents on the road - the Department for Transport reports that older people are between two and five times more likely to be killed or suffer a serious injury on the road than a younger person.
This week, an alliance of independent organisations dedicated to protecting the wellbeing of older people in the UK published a prescription for a happy and healthy old age.
The Office for National Statistics projects that the number of people in England aged 85 or over will increase from 1.24 million in 2013 to 2.3 million by 2030. This age group is also the most likely to have some form of disability. A glance at just some of the announcements made in the last two weeks alone tells us that demographic change is creeping back onto the public agenda. The question on everyone's lips: Are we prepared? The answer: No.