George Hook: Older, but not any wiser
Sharing the cost of our ageing population is already dividing the generations, writes George Hook
According to the European Commission, ageing is one of the greatest social and economic challenges of the 21st Century for European societies. It will affect all EU countries and most policy areas. By 2025 more than 20 per cent of Europeans will be 65 or over, with a particularly rapid increase in numbers of over-80s. Because older people have different healthcare requirements, health systems will need to adapt so they can provide adequate care and remain financially sustainable.
Last Tuesday in the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny I concluded my tour around Ireland in a series of seminars entitled 'Minding an ageing population – An Engagement with Bluebird Care'.
I had been to Dublin, Cork, Sligo, Galway and Kilkenny.