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Concerns of ageing society revealed by new report

Concerns of ageing society revealed by new report
15th October 2012

Concerns over the UK's ageing population have been raised by a new report.

According to the most recent report of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, around one in six people in England aged over 50 are socially isolated, which means they have few socially orientated hobbies, little civic or cultural engagement with society, as well as limited social networks.

It was suggested that focusing public health intervention efforts on less wealthy, less healthy older people should be a priority, as well as improving access to public and private transport for the over-50s, as this is likely to have the greatest impact in alleviating social isolation.

The study was an extensive piece of research that followed the lives of more than 10,000 English people throughout their older age.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons revealed the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder dislocations differs depending on the age of the patient, with the injury more likely to be overlooked or misdiagnosed in people over the age of 40.

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