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Snapshot of Scotland's older people

Our older population is large, diverse and growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK.

Around 40% of Scotland's population is over the age of 50, and this group is predicted to increase substantially in numbers over the coming years.

This would mean that over the next two decades a quarter of the population will be aged 65 and over and there will be a 70% increase in the number of people over 75 years old.

There are more than 2.1 million over 50s living in Scotland

150,000 pensioners live in relative poverty and more than 120,000 live in persistent poverty

350,000 over 65s live alone

200,000 older people go at least a week without seeing or hearing from anyone

100,000 older people say they feel lonely all or most of the time

Half a million over 60s don’t use the internet

Healthy life expectancy has fallen slightly to 61.9 for women and 61.7 for men

The pension wealth of women is 40% less than that of men

80,000 older people receive social care support

Four in ten pensioners on the lowest income do not claim the Pension Credit support that they are entitled to

There are estimated to be 759,000 unpaid adult carers in Scotland, 17% of the adult population

More than half of the 220,000 armed forces veterans living in Scotland are over the age of 65

There are around 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and this is projected to increase by 50% over the next two decades

94,000 older people say that they wouldn’t have got through 2020 without the kindness of strangers

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