Torridge population ageing faster than almost anywhere else in South West

THE population of Torridge is ageing faster than almost any other area in the South West and a call has been made for services for the elderly to keep pace. A report from the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Task Force has highlighted the fact that rural

THE population of Torridge is ageing faster than almost any other area in the South West and a call has been made for services for the elderly to keep pace.

A report from the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Task Force has highlighted the fact that rural populations are ageing faster than those in urban areas, particularly in the 85-plus age group.

Councillor Adam Symons, Torridge District Council's Lead member for Health, said: "The percentage of elderly in Torridge is increasing faster than almost anywhere in the South West.

"The key drivers of rural ageing are internal migration and rising life expectancy. The most rural districts have received a net inflow of older people and out-migration of younger people.


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"Life expectancy, as well as healthy years and disability-free years at age 65 are all higher in rural areas than urban.

"We really need to gear up our services to deal with this. Our Northern Devon Sustainable Communities Strategy identifies the need to promote health and personal well-being for all so that people are as healthy as possible.

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"This is going to become increasingly important as the proportion of elderly people increases.

"We will be working with our strategic partners, the PCT and Devon County Council, to make sure that the complex care teams that cover the area provide an integrated service model around health and social care for elderly people.

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