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Older people's health and wellbeing

Home owned (aged 65+)
2011 Census ONS
Health related quality of life for older people
2016/17 GP Patient Survey
Adult social care users who have as much social contact as they would like
2016/17 HSCIC
Vaccination coverage - Flu (aged 65+)
2016/17 GP systems
Deaths from cancer (aged 85+)
2016 ONS
Deaths from circulatory disease (aged 85+)
2016 ONS
Deaths from respiratory disease, (aged 85+)
2016 ONS


The area of Norfolk with the highest numbers of older people is North Norfolk. The population aged 85+ is estimated to grow by more than 40% between now and 2025 to about 42,000 people. This will require planning for different types of accommodation. Modelled estimates indicate that the 75 and over population of Norfolk is likely to require about 15,000 nursing and residential beds and more than 6,000 housing with care units. The increasing numbers of older people also mean that it is likely to increase the need for palliative care for about 7,700 by 2025.

Outcomes for older people in Norfolk are generally good and older people’s rating of their health related quality of life is higher than England. Emergency admissions for injuries related to falls were lower than England but there were still 1,200 emergency admissions for broken hips in 2016/17. Across Norfolk as a whole there are more than 10,000 emergency hospital admission for people aged 65 and over each year. Flu can increase people risk of admission and almost 148,000 people aged 65+ are immunised against flu, similar to England.

Age is one of the risk factors for loneliness. At age 65 about 2 out of 3 people live in couple, at age 85 this has reduced to about 1 in 4. Another risk factor is deprivation with those living in the most deprived areas 50% more likely to be lonely. Across Norfolk there are estimated to be about 38,000 people aged 65 and over who are lonely and this will impact on their health and wellbeing.

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