Centre for Research on Ageing, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Southampton and the International Longevity Centre – UK
International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and the University of Southampton held an afternoon tea reception in the House of Lords on Tuesday 30th April, to showcase ground-breaking interdisciplinary research in the field of social care using policy-modelling tools at the University of Southampton, which is informing policy and shaping practice.
The population of the UK is ageing. In 2012, over five million people were aged 75 and over, comprising 8% of the population; by 2031 this figure is projected to rise to 8.3m, constituting 1 in every 8 people. Older people are the major users of health and social care services and the demographic changes combined with public sector spending cuts mean that supporting older people to continue to live independently in the community is an increasingly critical issue.
Research at Southampton in the EPSRC Care Life Cycle is developing tools to assist policy makers in understanding the future demand and supply of health and social care services, facilitating them to meet the needs of an ageing population.
Two case studies were presented during the event: the first examining the demand for local authority social care services including the impact of changing living arrangements and family structures on informal support; and the second uses the example of macular degeneration treatment to examine the complex interaction between health and social care.
The papers from the event are available for download below: