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Author: Age Scotland
Published on 28 March 2013 10:00 AM

Census figures released by the National Register of Scotland have revealed that for the first time the number of Scots aged over 65 is greater than those under 15, and there are now 230000 Scots aged over 80, compared to 193000 ten years ago; a 19% increase.

The figures also show that 19% of the population of the Highland region is over 65 in comparison to the national average of 17%.

Age Scotland spokesman Lindsay Scott welcomed this development saying: “The confirmation of increasing numbers of older people in Highland should not be viewed as a problem, especially since we have had plenty advance warning about the changing demographic right across Scotland.

“Our ageing population is growing and it brings with it many benefits, with older people increasingly becoming full and active contributors to the life of their communities and growing numbers of local voluntary activities supported by those in later life.”

Councillor Alasdair Christie, chairman of Highland Council’s adult and children’s services committee said: “Both the council and NHS Highland have recognised that our services need to develop, to support the older population and help them stay fit and healthy, living at home for as long as they can and that is why we have integrated services for adults and are investing more in community-based provision.”

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