Independent Age: identifying the support needed by older people in the UK

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Gunstone, Briony; Jellicoe, Lucy
Independent Age
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Older Adults, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This document presents and analyses the results of a survey exploring support needs among over 65s in the UK, and the role of charities and voluntary sector organisations in supporting older people. A survey of 2,421 UK adults and was undertaken between 10th and 25th September 2014. The key findings include: the ageing population is seen to be one of the top three challenges facing UK society over the next 20 years–after healthcare and immigration; almost four-fifths of adults think the ageing population will present a large challenge for UK society–with broad consensus across all groups on this issue; and, providing practical advice and information and providing practical services are seen as key priorities for charities working to support older people –followed by befriending / friendship services. Further findings are included regarding concerns among those aged 65 and over, support needs of those aged 65 and over, concerns regarding others aged 65 and over and  support needs among friends and relatives of older adults.