Thousands More Wigan OAPs as Social Care Fears Grow

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The number of pensioner households in Wigan will rise by more than 40 per cent within 25 years, according to official projections.

There will be 59,446 households where the head of the household is over 65 by 2041, calculations by the Office for National Statistics show. That’s a rise of 48 per cent. And households with people over 85 will more than double, rising by 134% to 10,873.

Age UK, a charity working with older people, says a “revolution” is needed in social care to support the ageing population in their own homes. Older people account for most of the growth in the number of households in the next two decades.

Dr Elizabeth Webb, of Age UK, said it was great news that people were living longer. She said that while many would remain independent there would be a growing need for health and social care that could not be fulfilled already. “The over 85 group is the fastest growing and the most likely to have the greatest needs for social and health care, which has an impact on the health service,” Dr Webb said.

“It’s about having a person there to help get them out of bed, help them wash and dress and to put a meal on the table. This needs people, not a technological solution. “The social care workforce is understaffed and there’s not enough cash to provide the support that’s needed.”

The projections show that the number of younger households in Wigan will fall by 2041. Under 25 households will go down by 9% and the 25-34 age bracket by 3%

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