Old Age Care Odds

Published / Last Updated on 06/04/2024

Old Age Care Odds

It will not happen to me, I never get ill. 

Ageing Society

We are living in an ageing society. 

Since 1931 the number of people aged 65 and over has more than doubled.  Now, 1 in 5 of us is over 60.  Most of us are living much longer.   Comparing 2005 and 2025 the number of over 80's will almost double and over 90's will also double.

The number of people aged 100 or more is expected to rise four fold to 39,000 by 2036.  Source: Office for National Statistics.

People aged 65 years and over now use almost two thirds of general and acute hospital beds.

Ill Health Average

Men's average life expectancy of some 75 years will on average include nearly 8 years of poor health.

For women with an average life expectancy of 80 years, on average, 11 years will be in poor health.

Older people - Have Disabilities: 

  • Nearly half of the disabled population is aged 65 or older.  (Source: NHS Plan,)
  • Over 50% of the people aged 75 and over suffer from a long standing condition which limits their daily activities and over 75% of the over 85's suffer from more than one disability.  (Source: General Household Survey)
  • Almost half a million people are currently in a long term residential and nursing home care.  (Source: Laing & Buisson)

Old Age Care Odds - Do you still think that it will never happen to you?

The odds of needing old age care at some point in the future are high and just ignoring the problem, hoping that it will never happen to you, may be too late.  It is therefore possible that you will need old age care at some point.  If you do not want the local authority to have a call on your house and other assets you need to plan now for the cost of future old age care fees.

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