In the UK, government statisticians have claimed that 70 is the new 65.
They argue that general improvements in health mean people are now living longer and, as a result, we need a rethink our social attitudes towards old age and ‘elderly’ people. Ireland at present is considered a ‘young’ country, but the number of older people will soar in the years ahead.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures predict that those aged 65 years and over will increase to nearly 1.6 million by 2051. But, what is considered ‘elderly’ here in Ireland? Is it 65? Is it 66 when you are entitled to collect pension payments?
And, at what age do you think we become an ‘older person’? Does it depend on the individual and their lifestyle? Many listeners called Ciara with their view.