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More people are staying active for longer, and demographic trends suggest that Ireland will experience a serious ageing of the population in the coming decades

More people are staying active for longer, and demographic trends suggest that Ireland will experience a serious ageing of the population in the coming decades

More people are staying active for longer, and demographic trends suggest that Ireland will experience a serious ageing of the population in the coming decades

The vast majority of older people in Ireland are active, healthy and live independently in their own homes. However, approximately one-fifth of older people living at home have one or more disabilities and need the help and support of others at various times and to varying degrees. A further 5pc of the older adult population live in long-stay residential care.

While Ireland currently has a relatively young population in comparison to other European countries, demographic trends suggest that the country will experience serious ageing of the population in the coming decades. Life expectancy for men and women has increased significantly in Ireland in recent decades. A male aged 65 years in Ireland can expect to live, on average, for another 18 years, while a female of the same age can expect to live for an additional 21 years. These gains are a cause for celebration and reflect the economic and health benefits of living in Ireland now in comparison to previous periods of our history.


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