Around 2.8 million over-65s will need care provision and there will be a near 50% increase in dementia cases within a decade in England and Wales, a new study has found.
A report from The Lancet Public Health Journal has estimated that by 2025, for people aged 65, a quarter of later life is likely to be spent with some kind of disability.
It said that there will be a 25% increase on current demand for care within the age range and that more investment is needed in health and social care to cope with the demand.
Experts have urged that there must be more cost-effective health and social care provision in the future, including institutional care and better financial support for home carers.
“We find that ageing of the population in the next ten years will cause an increase in the burden of disability that we must not ignore,” Eric Brunner, a professor of epidemiology at University College London, told The Times.
The Lancet’s study projected the rates of diseases and forecasted how likely they were to cause sufferers problems with daily tasks like getting out of bed.