Care services and ageing

When the NHS was founded in 1948, 48% of the population died before the age of 65. That figure has now fallen to 14%. Life expectancy at 65 is now 21 years for women and 19 years for men, and the number of people over 85 has doubled in the past 3 decades.  By 2030, 1 in 5 people in England will be over 65.  

This dramatic demographic shift necessitates radical changes in the provision of care for this population, in order to sustain it.  MICRA affiliated researchers are addressing these questions so that society can provide an increased health span, as well as lifespan.

'Making our health and care systems fit for an ageing population' report (pdf)