On the 8th of November 2012, the West Midlands Public Health Observatory (WMPHO) released an update of the Older People’s Health and Wellbeing Atlas. The interactive mapping tool presents data about the 65+ population of England, using directly standardised rates per 100,000.
As the population ages, the health and wellbeing of older people and the provision of services to meet their needs becomes increasingly important. The updated Atlas can be used to identify deficits in the health and care of older people and to highlight large variations between local authorities across England
The Atlas contains over 100 indicators relevant to the health and wellbeing of older people. New indicators for November 2012 include current and projected population; current and projected dependency ratios; hospital admissions due to falls; hip fractures; excess winter deaths index and; registered blind.
The dependency ratio (the number of people of state pension age and over as a percentage of the working population age) is significantly higher than the England average in all District/Boroughs other than Warwick and generally performance on all other indicators is mixed. Within each District/Borough there are indicators which are significantly different to the England average (note that all rates refer to those aged 65+ and not the whole population).
In North Warwickshire the mortality rate from stroke and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is significantly worse than the England, whilst the rate of emergency hospital admissions due to falls is significantly better. Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough has significantly worse rates for disability free life expectancy at 65 and worse rates for revision hip replacement. The Borough performs significantly better than the England average for the numbers of all hospital admissions.
Rugby Borough performs significantly better on mortality rates from heart disease and significantly worse for all respiratory mortality rates, whilst Stratford-on-Avon District performs significantly better on all falls, and all mortality rates for respiratory diseases, heart disease and COPD. Warwick District has significantly lower fall rates than the England average, but significantly worse rates for heart disease mortality.