We hear a lot about our ageing population and what this will mean. While the Care Act makes a stab at a more holistic approach to our ever increasing elderly population. Isn't time we got real about the use of 'past its use by date' legislation cobbled together when the inconvenience of doing nothing is so great that only this will suffice.
I hear from some hospices that they believe that they will be refocusing their efforts on care in the community in the last days of life for their patients. In part this will be as a result of improved cancer diagnosis and prognosis but also due to the increase in dementia related illness. In short is 'opportunity cost' going to cost us all too much?
The country's ageing population is seen to be one of the top three challenges facing UK society over the next 20 years. It falls just behind healthcare and immigration, according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by Independent Age. Additionally, four fifths (79%) of adults think the ageing population will present a large challenge for the UK.