With demand for NHS services already under pressure, new analysis by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and commissioned by Engage Mutual, the over-50s life cover specialists, predicts the NHS may have to support up to one million more older people with serious illnesses within the next ten years.
The research also reveals that whilst the number of older people with a serious illness will increase, improvements in health may actually result in a fall in the proportion of older people suffering one of the five conditions explored. ELSA data suggests that the prevalence of serious illness among those aged 50+ has been slightly decreasing over time, from 15.8% in 2002 to 13.6% in 2012.
However, the report also highlights that the overall prevalence of older people living with cancer shows a notable upward trend from 2002 to 2012. Download the report here.
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