Demographic change

Scotland's population is getting older.  The number of people of pensionable age is projected to increase by around 26 per cent between 2010 and 2036.  For those aged 75 and older, an increase of 82 per cent is anticipated over the same 25 year period.

Age Scotland believes our ageing population is an opportunity, not a threat, as older people make a massive contribution to Scotland's society; as workers, volunteers, carers and cultural contributors.  

There are significant challenges ahead; in particular public services will need to be reshaped so that wherever possible older people can enjoy a high quality of life in their own home rather than in residential or hospital care.  Not only will this ensure financial sustainability of our public services, it's what older people consistently say they want.

Age Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee's investigation into demographic change 2012.     

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