COMMENT - Elderly health issues

WITH the elderly population of Wigan borough set to sore in the coming years, geriatric health problems are bound to figure more prominently in the thoughts of health bosses.

Healthier lifestyles and advances in medicine will ensure that we all live longer and with this comes more responsibility for elderly residents.

Experts predict Wigan will have will have one of the highest elderly populations in Greater Manchester and with this inevitably comes a rise in the number of people suffering from conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Everybody agrees that more people need timely diagnoses for such conditions and hopefully this will improve.

Sceptics will say that you only shift the problem of health funding by working towards people living longer, but surely all of us would rather have people living to a fair age and deal with the associated problems than have people continuing to die young.

One thing that is certain is that we will all need to think more about the elderly in the years ahead.