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Are Urban Environments Best for an Aging Population?

Matt Ball on November 26, 2012 - in Smart Cities

Cities don’t always seem the most old-age friendly of places. Public toilets that few dare venture into; street-lights turned off by cuts-driven councils; roads choked with cars; the fear of street crime. However there is growing evidence to suggest that as our population ages, cities could actually be the best possible environment for older people.

Housing and accommodation for elderly people is already a pressing issue, with prohibitive costs for institutional care and a move towards helping people remain in their homes. But this is nothing compared to what is to come. The number of people aged 60 and over as a proportion of the global population is estimated to double from 11% in 2006 to 22% by 2050, more than the figures for children. In the UK, the over-65s will increase from 17% of the population in 2010 to 23% by 2035; the over-85s will increase from 1.4 million to 3.5 million over the same period.

Read more in The Guardian

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