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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

Older People

Encompassing society’s fear of dying, rejection of ageing and appearance of age / anti-ageing, the increased medicalisation of ageing, status of being a child lasting longer, cosmetic surgery and treatments, longevity and emerging technologies (nano, bio, genetics, robotics), alzheimers, etc.

Discussion Paper Health technologies – are older people interested?

Health technologies – are older people interested?

That we are living longer healthier lives is a fact - with over 65s making up 17% of the population in 2010 - an increase of 1.7 million since 1985, projected to rise to 23% by 2035 – and a cause for celebration! It does however, highlight a challenge; we know that the highest users of health services are the over 75s and that the average NHS spending for retired households is nearly double that for non-retired households. As life spans increase society needs to ensure that those lives are active and fulfilling, supporting and encouraging older people to stay as healthy and independent read on Health technologies – are older people interested?