Older population to surge in 2016
The trend which is seeing a significant rise in our older population will continue this year.
It will be most notable in the 70-74 age group - a 6pc increase, or 8,880 people, to 157,750 in 2016 on last year's figure.
And there will be a 4.2pc increase in the over-85s. This amounts to 2,820 people, increasing their ranks to 69,880 in 2016. Overall, the population aged 65 years and over will increase by 3.1pc.
Most of the major chronic diseases will increase by approximately 20pc by 2020.
The number of people with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and respiratory disease will all increase by between 4pc and 5pc. The birth rate will also continue to fall with a 3.1pc decrease predicted, a trend that is projected to continue.
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