IT’S one of the biggest issues of our age – how to better combine health and social care to look after an ageing population.
We report this week the number of over-85-year-olds in Solihull has risen at twice the national average in a decade – and will go on increasing.
It’s good news that we are all living longer, of course.
Yet it corresponds with tremendous spending pressures on the NHS and funding cuts to local authorities which deliver adult social care.
It is in this climate that Anne Hastings at Age UK in Solihull speaks of the growing role of the voluntary sector.
Yet charities face budget pressures too, and can only be part of the solution.