Honiton's elderly population set to rise

PUBLISHED: 14:20 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

THE number of elderly people living in Honiton is set to rise to more than 25 per cent of the population by 2021, according to projected figures included in a strategic needs assessment for the town.

THE number of elderly people living in Honiton is set to rise to more than 25 per cent of the population by 2021, according to projected figures included in a strategic needs assessment for the town.

A profile of Honiton has been produced by Devon Primary Care Trust and Devon County Council and offers an overview of key lifestyle factors that could affect future health and wellbeing in the community.

Honiton Town Council has been asked to comment on the report, which has been produced as a discussion paper.

The report has identified a number of potential problems for Honiton, including an over representation of lone pensioner households.

It concludes that there is an under representation in the 18 to 64 age group providing unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbour.

The take up of early education services is also said to be under represented, while too many people in the town have no formal qualifications.

There is more deprivation in Honiton than anywhere else in East Devon, but no part of the town falls into the most deprived category nationally. One part of Honiton is among the least deprived areas in Britain.

Honiton has the highest death rate in Devon for young cancer sufferers. It also has the highest registered rate of asthma in Devon and an over representation of registered smokers.

In 2006 the number of residents in the 65 to 84 age group was 20.7 per cent of Honiton's overall population. Current trends indicate this could rise to 25.4 per cent by 2021.

The number of people aged 85 and over is also set to rise - from three per cent of the population to 3.8 per cent.

The number of people aged 18 to 44 is likely to decrease from 29 per cent to 26.9 per cent.

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