10 million Brits will live to their 100th birthday
25th April 2018
Human’s increasing lifespan is by no means a negative thing, however, with this new found longevity, it is not just a time for celebration but also for planning. The concern over the UK’s ageing population had been discussed over the last few years, and the UK is not alone in addressing the problem as other countries are looking at ways to support their older population.
However, the new stat that 10 million Brits will live to their 100th birthday, truly brings home not only the number of centenarians that the British Isles will soon host but also how the country will adapt in a way to ensure the later years are spent in good health and as independently as possible.
With this in mind, the government is planning to invest £300 million in services dedicated to aiding the older people. Business Secretary Greg Clark has said:
“Through our Industrial Strategy we will not only boost innovation and productivity across the UK, but we will also ensure that this government changes people’s lives for the better.
“We are investing over £300 million into developing the treatments of the future, in new technologies that will revolutionise the way we age and provide everyone with the best possible chance to grow old with dignity in their own home.
“By 2020 we want to be the best country in the world for dementia care and research and today’s announcement of £40 million for the Dementia Research Institute is a vitally important step on that journey.”
There are lots of ways that people can plan for their own futures and these can include downsizing or investing in technology such as home stairlifts to improve their quality of life in the future. Thoroughly researching the services available to older adults in their area may bring to light groups that can help keep their social lives active, this is especially important as loneliness has been increasing in older adults.
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