South West pensioner population expected to grow by 500,000 in 20 years

The article suggests that,

“Drawn to a better quality of life, pockets of the Westcountry have long been popular with pensioners, a trend which now means around 9,000 people over the age of 50 are moving to the region each year – comfortably the biggest influx in England.

But with Government statisticians forecasting that the “oldest old”, those aged 85 and over, will double by 2030 in the South West, analysts have raised serious concerns about the strain likely to be placed on housing, healthcare and benefits.”

As the pensioner population increases the number of people living with dementia will increase.

To address these issues Cornwall Council, in alliance with the local health trust, has set up a panel of older people’s “champions” from representative groups to help shape policy and services.

Read the Western Morning News article.