This Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report examines the challenges of an ageing population for London. The number of people over 80 years old living in London is set to rise by 40 per cent over the next 30 years, to 350,000 by 2031. London’s public services need to plan for the changing needs of this ageing population. Research with service providers and older service users in London has identified four priorities for public policy:
- Focus on services within the community rather than big institutions.
- Better information flow about the services available.
- Improving assessment and referrals.
- Investment and reform in social care.
Service providers and policymakers need evidence on how to meet the needs of London’s oldest residents, and this report strives to provide this through research into three policy areas:
- Home-based care.
- Dementia care.
- Social isolation.
The chapters on home care and dementia were based on the work of Laura Bradley and Alice Sachrajda respectively.
Clifton, J. [ed.] Institute for Public Policy Research (2011). Older Londoners. London: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), 2011. 28p.