Ageing in the UK…
By 2066 5 million people in the UK will be aged over 85 and over, or 7% of the population.
Britain’s Ageing Population – Is it a Problem?
This post provides an overview of statistics on Britain’s ageing population before looking at some of the problems associated with this trend, including the increased strain on health services and increased burden on young people. It also asks whether the ageing population is actually a problem or not? Statistics on the Ageing Population In 1998,…
Life Expectancy in England is Stalling
Life expectancy has been steadily increasing since 1900, but this trend seems to be stalling, according to the recent Marmot Review of Health Equity. You can clearly see the slow down in the increase in Life Expectancy for males and females in England in the two graphs below. For both males and females the graph…
Outline two consequences of the ageing population for British society
Consequence 1 – The ageing population may put a strain on public services Increasing numbers of pensioners puts a strain on the NHS because pensioners use health services more than younger people Furthermore, with increasing numbers of pensioners ‘sucking money’ out of the welfare state’ there is less left for everything else – services for…
The Consequences of an Ageing Population
Populations across Europe are getting older which can create social problems related to higher levels of poor health among older people and a greater financial and caring ‘burden’ on younger generations. But careful social planning can help to overcome these challenges. What are the consequences of an ageing population? This is a summary of a…
The reasons for and consequences of changing patterns of migration
Trends in migration From 1900 to the Second World War the largest immigrant group to the UK were Irish, mainly for economic reasons, followed by Eastern and Central Europian Jews, who were often fleeing from persecution. Before the 1950s very few immigrants were non-white. By contrast, during the 1950s, black immigrants from the Caribbean begain…
The consequences of an ageing population mind map
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Explaining changes to the birth rate
Economic changes, technological chances, changing gender roles, postmodernisation and changes to the position of children all help explain why the birth rate and total fertility rates in England and Wales have halved over the last 100 years. This post explores why. It has primarily been written for students studying the families and households topic on…