Ageing Population UK

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Ageing Population UK

  • Europe= 'oldest' region in world
  • People 60 & over form 20%- rise 35% by 2050
  • Rise in median age pop
  • Caused by increase in life expectancy + decline in fertility 
  • Population aged 60 & over expected QUADRUPLE between 2000-2050
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Positives

Social

  • Increase demand for entertainment & leisure - creates community 
  • GREY VOTE- older people have say - 50% in UK - active role in society 

Political

  • GREY VOTE - older people gave say - active role in society 
  • Work- no discrimination 

Economic

  • Increase demand for entertainment & leisure & carehomes - creates jobs in diff industries 
  • GREY LABOUR - continue work - no discrimination 
  • Benefits econ 
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Negatives

Econ active

Social

  • Less children care for econ active when reach old age 
  • Less nursery facilities etc. look after children while parents at work 

Political

  • Voting power older age group increases needs elderly - can't be ignored by those in power - econ active have less say

Economic

  • Proportion pop creating wealth & paying taxes= decreases 
  • Av retirement age increase - econ active work longer 
  • Econ active pay more money - taxes - pensions 
  • Financial resources inadequate meet demands 

Others

Social

  • Longer healthcare - life expectancy longer 
  • Healthcare - more attention geriatric care - strain on resources 
  • Housing - council houses takes up space required for others - demand for nursing homes 

Economic

  • Retirement age increases, employers reluctant employ - work longer - less jobs 
  • Pensioners poorer than rest society - mass poverty 
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