Population ageing and the lives of older people, including ageing indicators such as estimates of the very old (90+ by age and sex), median age and sex ratios at older ages at national and local levels.
This analysis focuses on changes in the resident care home population aged 65 and over. This population has remained almost stable since 2001 with an increase of just 0.3%, despite growth of 11% in the overall population aged over 65. Fewer women but more men, aged 65 and over, were living as residents of care homes in 2011 compared with 2001.
We take a look at older people aged 65 and over in England and Wales. Analysis includes marital status, living arrangements, housing tenure, economic activity and general health and provision of unpaid care. In 2011, 9.2 million residents were aged 65 and over, an increase of almost 1 million from 2001 with 8.3 million. Results show that just 50% of those aged over 65 reported their health to be “very good” or “good”, compared with 88% of the rest of the population.