Academics warn NHS faces staggering increase in cost of elderly care

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Major new research shows a 25% increase in those who will need care between 2015 and 2025.

Over the next eight years, there will be 2.8 million people over 65 needing nursing and social care, unable to cope alone, says the research. This is largely because of the toll of dementia in a growing elderly population.

Published by the Lancet Public Health medical journal, the research says cases of disability related to dementia will rise by 40% among people aged 65 to 84, with other forms of disability increasing by about 31%.

Margaret Willcox, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) said: –

“The need to future-proof adult social care should be a national priority for the new government. Unless a long-term sustainable solution is established to tackle significant sector pressures, a rising number of elderly and disabled people living longer and with increasingly complex needs, along with their families, will struggle to receive the personal, dignified care they depend on and deserve.”

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