The government needs to future-proof their policies on how to deal with the UK’s ageing population, says the Ready for Ageing Alliance.
Over three quarters (77 per cent) of people said the government was not ready for the impact of an ageing population, according to a poll of more than 2,200 UK adults, released by Anchor. Not-for-profit older people’s housing and care provider Anchor are one of the eight charities who make up the Ready for Ageing Alliance, which also includes Alzheimer’s Society.
According to the poll, released ahead of the Conservative party conference, 76 per cent of people say that there should be one individual in the Cabinet responsible for ensuring government is preparing for our ageing society. 84 per cent of people think that more needs to be done to educate people about planning for and paying for care.
George McNamara Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society
‘By failing to prepare for the effect of an ageing population, we could be preparing to fail. While the government needs to plan for the impact of an ageing society, the public also needs to give more consideration to planning for their own old age.
‘We ignore the challenge of an ageing population at our peril. By 2021, over one million people in the UK will be living with dementia. Families affected by the condition already struggle to access vital healthcare and support, with many incurring astronomical costs.