Older people People are living longer. There are now around 12 million older people (aged 65 or over) in the UK.


While many are living healthy lives, as we age the likelihood of needing acute care or ongoing care (for example, while living with long-term conditions) grows. The ageing population creates new challenges for society – as demonstrated by the increase in demand for NHS services and social care.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Social care COVID-19 deaths highlight need for government to go further on funding and reform

Press release
2 December 2021

Health Foundation response to Office for National Statistics data on deaths in the care sector in England and Wales in 2020.

New vision for social care will feel like hollow words without the money to deliver it

Press release
1 December 2021

Health Foundation response to publication of the Government’s adult social care reform white paper.

Caring for older patients with complex needs

Long read

How does the NHS in England compare with health care systems in 11 OECD countries?

Landmark international study highlights need to reduce time that hip fracture patients spend in hospital in England

Press release
10 November 2021

Innovative international study uses electronic medical records to compare the cost and quality of care between health care systems in 11 OECD countries, including the NHS in England. 

Have integrated care programmes reduced emergency admissions?

Long read

Evidence on the short- and long-term effect of integrated care programmes on emergency hospital use to inform the national roll-out of Integrated Care Systems (ICS).

The consequences of chronic pain in mid-life

Journal article
1 September 2021

Literature Review. David G. Blanchflower and  Alex Bryson have produced a Quantitative Social Science Working Paper No. 21-28 on The Consequences of Chronic Pain in Mid-Life    

Bradford and Craven Innovation Hub

Improvement project

This Hub will focus on ageing well, and in particular anticipatory care, enhanced health in care homes, and urgent community response – as part of efforts to address the increasing health inequalities...

One year on: Three myths about COVID-19 that the data proved wrong

Data analysis

Three charts measuring 'years of life lost' that disprove three ‘myths’ that were prevalent at the start of the pandemic.

1.5 million potential years of life lost to COVID-19 in the UK, with each life cut short by 10 years on average

Press release
23 March 2021

New analysis from the Health Foundation reveals the ‘devastating’ scale of loss in the pandemic, with UK response ‘falling short in key areas’.

Research reveals scale of reduction in hospital treatment for care home residents and warns of backlog of pent-up demand for NHS care

8 March 2021

The amount of hospital care received by those living in care homes in England rapidly declined in the first three months of the pandemic in 2020 

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