Is society ready for its growing ageing population? Take part in our survey
From：The Guardian View：866 Date：2014-12-10
Older people are going to make up a much larger proportion of the UK population in the future, official figures predict.
The number of over 80s is set to more than double from 3m in 2012 to 6.1m in 2037, says the Office for National Statistics, while the proportion of the UK population aged 75 and over will grow from 7.9% in 2012 to 13% in 2037.
But is society prepared for the challenges of our ageing population?
The Guardian is launching a new survey, which aims to assess how well the UK is responding to demographic change – and whether older citizens’ skills and knowledge are being harnessed.
The short survey asks whether it is the responsibility of the individual or the state to plan for ageing, as well as posing the questions of whether health and social care services are adequately funded to meet older people’s needs.
We’d like to hear from older people, their families and carers; from public services professionals working with older people and from interested members of the public.
A similar Guardian study, published earlier this year, revealed growing concern about pensions, health and social care, rising living costs and marginalisation. More than 1,600 older people, carers, professionals working with older people and members of the public took part in the survey. We’d like to gauge how the picture has changed over the last year, and also look ahead to next year’s general election, and what policies voters want the next government to prioritise.
Take the survey here – it will take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. The will be published on the SocietyGuardian website in early 2015.