Ageing is among the most important known risk factors for frailty, dementia and multiple chronic illnesses. The population of people aged over 65 is projected to increase by 49 per cent by 2040 while the numbers of people aged over 85 (the group most likely to need health and care services) is projected to rise even more rapidly.
Demographic ageing has resulted in increasing health service demand, particularly in hospitals where over two thirds of admissions are over 65 years old. However, there are concerns that hospitals may not always provide the right kind of care that older people need. Exploring alternative care pathways,
Plymouth Institute of Health and Care Research (PIHR)
focuses on prevention (such as falls management), early intervention (by modifying risk factors for dementia), supporting people to live in the community (through e-Health interventions) and helping people to live as well as possible until they die.