ant population because society is generally improving its ways of addressing health conditions and we can expect that the elderly population group will increase in the United Kingdom as well as everywhere else in the world. This will likely imply that specific illnesses associated with population will increase. There will be implications on what medicines to maintain in one’s inventories and what illnesses or diseases to expect in a population.
According to the Equality and Human Rights Group (2008, p. 20), the elderly people have rights “not to be discriminated against” but the right “is not a free-standing right.” According to the human rights group, this means that if no other right in the Human Rights Act is engaged, the right against discrimination “will not come to play”. I assert otherwise. I believe that older people continues to have rights, period. As they move to old age and are less able to defend their rights, people must stand to defend their rights on their behalf. The medical profession has to know the situation of the elderly to place the profession in a better pro-active stance in addressing the health needs of the population.
Shaw (2004, p. 15) estimated that the United Kingdom has an annual population growth of about 0.31 percent. Based on the 2009 UK Annual Abstract of Statistics, the projected population of the United Kingdom for 2011 is about 62.761 million people. The age structure of United Kingdom and age structure across gender can be described by Table 1 next page.
Table 1 indicates that based on the 2009 projections of the UK Annual Abstract of Statistics, the projected elderly population for 2011 in the United Kingdom from 60 to 84 years old is about12.8 million, divided between males and females, at about 5.9 million and 6.8 million respectively. The elderly 85 years old and above is about 1.4 million, divided between 483,000 males and 953,000 females. Table 1 indicates that while females between 60 to 84 years old