In recent years there have been dramatic improvements in life expectancy with people across the UK enjoying longer lives. Between 2014 and 2023 it’s expected that the number of people in Wiltshire aged over 65 will increase by around a quarter and the number over 85 will increase by a third.
A more elderly population typically has more complex health and care needs. For example, the number of people with dementia in Wiltshire is predicted to double by 2030. We will continue to see an increase in the number of people requiring support from their local communities as well as health and social care professionals.
The information presented in this report provides a more detailed picture of how outcomes for older people vary across the county and is designed to help communities to understand local issues and to develop community-led work to improve local outcomes. The report provides comparative analysis of a range of key indicators relating to older people in Wiltshire and is intended as a resource to help identify local priorities at Community Area level.
The report shows the rates of social isolation, dementia prevalence and diagnosis, carers, safeguarding alerts and investigations, avoidable emergency admissions and hospital admissions for falls, at a local level.