Centenarians in Warwickshire…our ageing population

The Department of Work & Pensions has released a report examining life expectancies for different generations, and demonstrates that we cannot use the current model of retirement as the basis for the future.  The report highlights some striking statistics.  For example, 20-year-olds are three times more likely to reach 100 than their grandparents, and twice as likely as their parents. A girl born this year has a one in three chance of living to 100; for a boy the chance is one in four.

To put this in a Warwickshire context, we currently have fewer than 50 residents turning 100 each year.  In the year 2030, more than 250 local residents will become centenarians each year.  By 2050, the figure will be more than 800 per year.  By the year 2060 Warwickshire will have around 5,000 residents aged 100 or more, equivalent to the entire population of Shipston-on-Stour.

From a public sector point of view, the two key impacts of this trend are the additional pressures that will be placed upon our services (particularly health and social care) and the quality of life experienced by our residents as their life expectancy increases. 

Read the DWP report here.

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