Number of “oldest old” has doubled in the past 25 years

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3057
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The number of people aged 85 years or more in the United Kingdom has doubled since 1983 to 1.3 million in 2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that these “oldest old” now make up 2.2% of the total population, up from 1.1% 25 years ago.

    The 42nd edition of Regional Trends shows that there were 410 000 people aged 90 and over in 2008, of whom more than 10 000 were centenarians.

    Over the past 25 years the number of people aged 65 and over in the UK has increased by 18%, from 8.4 million in 1983 to 9.9 million in 2008. In the same period the population aged 16-64 years increased by 11% whereas the population under 16 years decreased by 5%.

    The south west of England and Wales have the …

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