The UK has around 66 million people living in the country and it is thought that by 2039 this could increase to 74 million as the birth rate is higher than the death and immigration rates. This means that we have an ageing population and with the advancements in medical care and the higher awareness that we have of ways in which to look after ourselves this will increase further. Around 21% of the entire population is aged 65 and over with just 18% being under the age of 15. It is for this reason that more housing for those in retirement is needed and expansion plans of Park Homes Gloucester way and other retirement based living is taking place over the next couple of years.
More and more provisions for those over retirement age are being put in place with many organisations adjusting their working age policy to allow for people over the age of 65 to continue working either in a full time of part time capacity. More and more people over the age of 65 are also opting to retire for formal employment to look after their grandchildren, enabling their own children to remain in work and not having to pay for costly nursery fees. This has a positive impact on the grandchildren as well, as there are some indications that children looked after by family members and grandparents in particular grow up to be more confident and able to interact with people from varying age ranges and backgrounds. They are also often exposed to more experiences as they are take out for days and activities.« Back