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Valuing Carers

Proposals for a Strategy for Carers in Northern Ireland

It is expected that in the future there will be an increasing demand for care largely due to the growth in the numbers of old and frail people living in the community. By 2031 the number of people over 65 will increase from 13% in 1998 to 21% in 2031. The most significant increase over the next 30 years will occur in the older age groups. Those over 75 will account for 10% of the population in 2031 compared to 6% in 1998 that is from 97,000 to 164,000 people. The numbers over 85 will double from 23,000 to 45,000. At present there are five people of working age for every pensioner but by 2031 there will only be three. These demographic changes have obvious implications in terms of the availability of carers.