The population of Kent and Medway is aging and there will be a significant increase in the older population. As the population ages more people will be living with long term conditions, such as diabetes and COPD, which may affect quality or life leading to more health and social care services required to meet the increase in need.
Projections from the Office of National Statistics predict dramatic increases in the elderly population over the next 15 years. By 2026 Kent will have significant rises in its population of over 85 year olds, but will see a slightly bigger rise in its 65-84 year olds then the national average. Overall, the population in Kent is growing at a slightly slower rate then the England average but is ageing.