Eleanor Bradford investigates how Scotland's ageing demographic will alter society and visits one Scottish Border community which gives a glimpse into the future.
In ten years time half of Scotland's population will be over 50. BBC Scotland's Health Correspondent, Eleanor Bradford, investigates how this will alter society and finds that the ageing population is already having an impact. Eleanor takes a look at one Scottish Border community which gives us a glimpse into the future. A lively generation of 70 year olds don't see themselves as old but their children face longer working lives in order to save enough money to have any hope of the comfortable retirement their parents enjoy. The local GP is run off his feet with an explosion in the older population, but the town's youngsters don't see the point of saving for the future and think 30 is middle aged. So is the future bleak or can we still look forward to a golden retirement?