Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Comparative Research: Ageing Demographics and Costs in the UK

Since my 2010 Fulbright sabbatical in Northern Ireland, I've become more attuned to research resources outside of the U.S.  That's what sabbaticals should do, right?  Broaden our professional horizons!

One of the sites I find useful is the International Longevity Centre in the U.K., which is known as a think-tank seeking to impact policy on longevity, ageing and population change.  Plus, it is always fun to try to remember where I am on the U.S./Britain "divide" on proper spelling of key terms such as aging or ageing!

Here are a few interesting statistics featured in the ILC's recent “Factpack”:
  • At 12.2 million, the number of pensioners in the UK is equivalent to the combined populations of Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • One third of babies born in 2012 in the UK are expected to survive to celebrate their 100th birthday.
  • Health Life Expectancy at birth is 63.5 years for men and 65.7 for women. Increase in life expectancy is currently outstripping the increase in HLE.
  • Spending on long-term care is projected to rise by around £14bn by 2061/62.
  • In June 2013 there were over 1 million workers over the age of 65 in the UK – the highest since records began.
  • 28% of those aged 75 and over have internet access in their home. 3% of over 75s own a smart phone.          

How would statistics compare in your state or country?  Feel free to add your comment below.

-- Katherine C. Pearson, Penn State Law

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