Illustrating Ageing in Ireland North & South Key Facts and Figures
Increased years to life is the good news story of the 20th Century. We experienced a greater extension of years during the 20th century than in the past five thousand years. With a million people aged 60 and above now living on the island of Ireland (rising to 29% of the total population in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by 2041) the significance of longevity cannot be underestimated. The greatest growth will be in the number of people aged 85+. This cohort will rise almost fivefold, from 74,000 to 356,000 by 2041.
This paper, which provides a statistical summary on aspects of the lives of older people in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (RoI), aims to:
• compare and contrast aspects of the lives of older people from an island of Ireland analysis,
• highlight some areas which merit further research, analysis and co-ordinated data collection north and south.
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