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Renfrewshire: Concern over the needs of an aging population


CAMPAIGNS called for action to help meet the needs of Renfrewshire’s aging population.

A new report shows that the number of people aged 65 and over living in the region has increased over the past decade.

And concerns have been raised about the impact this demographic shift will have on the housing, health, financial and employment needs of older residents.

Adam Stachura, head of policy at Age Scotland, told The Gazette: ‘The consequences of the Covid pandemic, combined with the cost of living crisis, have highlighted the challenges facing older people today’ now and in the future, truly demonstrating that much more national action is needed.

“The Scottish Government should develop a joint strategy to support an aging population as a priority.

“Older people make a gigantic contribution to our society and our economy, but they are hopelessly undervalued.

“Our aging population must be able to live independently and in good health for as long as possible. Access to high quality healthcare and social services, adequate housing, good pensions and flexible employment opportunities all play a key role in helping them do so.

The latest figures released by National Records of Scotland (NRS) show that at the end of June last year a total of 179,940 people lived in Renfrewshire.

This is an increase of 550 over the previous year.

Statistics from the NRS Mid-Year Population Estimates report, which is the first to cover a full year affected by the Covid pandemic, are in line with the long-term trend of a slow increase in Renfrewshire’s population.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Older people in our society have much to offer and contribute and we are committed to supporting them through the actions of our Fairer Scotland for Older People framework.

“We are also working with the Social Isolation and Loneliness Advisory Group to develop our five-year plan to address social isolation.

“We have pledged to increase social care funding by £800million by the end of the current Parliament and the introduction of the National Care Service for Scotland will end the care lottery by postcode, ensuring consistently high standards across the country.”