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Older People Care (Social Care)
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Older People Care (Social Care) Ageing is a biological process which is hardly beyond the control of human beings. The retirement age in developed countries is around 60 to 65, which is usually referred to as the beginning period of a person’s old age. According to Office of National Statistics (ONS) around “10.3 million people” (Population Ageing: Statistics para 1) in UK are of 65 years of age or above that.
According to a survey “between 1971 and 2009 the proportion of the UK population aged under 16 years decreased from 25.5 percent to 18.7 percent, while the proportion aged 75 and over increased from 4.7 percent to 7.8 percent” (Beaumont 2011). It is expected that in UK, by 2018, citizens above 65 will be more than those in the age group of 16. “ It is estimated that the number of residents aged 90 and over increased by 12 percent between 2002 and 2009, that is from 388,200 to 436,500” (Beaumont 2011). (Measuring National Well-being – Population 2012). The percentage of older women is more in UK than that of men. Due to less number of deaths there is some improvement in the statistics. As women live longer compared to men, the percentage of elderly women is more.” In 2010 there were 2.56 women over the age of 90 for every man of that age” (Population Ageing: Statistics para 2). The chances of elderly women to stay alone are more than that of men. This proportion grows with increasing age. “Among women aged 75 and over who live in private households in Great Britain, 60 percent live alone compared to 36 percent of men of the same age” (Population Ageing: Statistics 2012). ...
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