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Tuesdays 16:00-16:30
Intelligent and entertaining conversation about business, money, technology and workplace issues.

Presented by Heather Payton, each programme picks up on trends and returns to stories that have moved out of the headlines.
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Tuesday 31 May 2005

Ageing Population

By 2014, less than a decade away, over-65’s in Britain will outnumber under-16’s, and within around 30 years, the hundred telegrams a week the Queen currently sends to hundred-year-olds on their birthday, will have grown to 750.

The fact that so many people are living longer is of course a good sign but the implications could be horrendous. We've already heard a lot about the pensions timebomb but another potential minefield is how we care for our elderly, and the growth in care homes and sheltered housing which we'll need to provide for this boom. But since 1996 supply of care beds has rises rather than increased.

So as the first post-war baby boomers approach retirement, how are we going to cope?

Guests:

Michelle Harrison
Director, The Henley Centre

Geoff Wade
Business Development Director, Executive Care Group

Andrew Apps
Managing Director, Bovis Homes Retirement Living

John Kennedy
Director of Care, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust

Elaine Bynon
Total Home Care Services

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