Older people evidence paper

Older people form an increasing proportion of the population, both locally and nationally. Preparing for the socio-economic effects of higher numbers of older people, and especially the "oldest old" is likely to prove challenging to local planners, social care providers, the NHS, those concerned with economic policy and a range of institutions and public bodies concerned with the welfare and well-being of the elderly population. In the current economic climate the health and social care costs associated with increasing numbers of elderly people are attracting increased attention from planners and politicians alike.

This evidence paper seeks to inform the local discussion by examining data on older people in Poole. It examines the demography of Poole's elderly population, where they live, their housing tenure, their health and disabilities, poverty levels, their participation in the labour market and other topics. It contains several maps, graphs and charts likely to be of interest to those concerned with this important section of Poole's population.

Key findings

On Census Day (March 27, 2011), 30,158 residents of Poole were aged 65 or over. They comprised 20% of the total population. 4,919 residents of Poole were very elderly (aged 85+) comprising 3.3% of the total population.

Between 2011-2021 the elderly population (65+) in Poole is projected to increase by 22% and the very elderly population by 27%.

Canford Cliffs ward has the highest number and proportion of elderly people in Poole, with 4 out of 10 residents aged 65+. 

Older people are more likely than other age groups to by owner occupiers. 31% of the elderly in Poole live alone. 

The proportion of older people living in poverty varies widely across Lower Super Output Areas in Poole, from 0% (an LSOA in Canford Heath West) to 41% (an LSOA in the Town Centre).

Just under one in eight (12%) of those aged 65+ in Poole who lived in households reported their health as being bad or very bad on Census day.

Page last updated: 25 April 2019
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