Ageing populations and the environment

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 03 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:0

Some drivers of our future can be clearly identified now, and two of them—the ageing of our populations and the increasing importance of environmental concerns—are prominent in this week's journal.

Those over 80 are the fastest growing age group in Britain, and by 2030 a third of the population will be of pensionable age. Most other countries are experiencing the same, and many will undergo a more dramatic demographic shift (from young to old) than Britain. How to pay for long term care is an urgent issue, and Britain has a royal commission addressing the …

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