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The cost of caring for an older population

As the first post-war babies begin to draw their pensions, the care system has to prepare for a large rise in the number of older people.

What changes have to be made if we are to cope with the cost of meeting the needs and demands of an elderly population in future?

In the first of a series of films examining the cost of care, Newsnight Scotland looked at the implications of a growing elderly population being supported by a shrinking number of workers.