some facts and figures in geriatrics

Last reviewed 01/2018

50% of the world's elderly population live in the developing world.

18% of the UK population is aged 65 or over.

The life expectancy at 65 years in the UK is 17 years for males, 21 years for females.

One in six UK households are an old person living alone.

80% of people aged 65 and over live active, independent lives; at 80 and over this value falls to 65%.

1 in 12 old people have no children surviving.

Three million old people are entitled to income support; a smaller number than this actually claim.

Winston Churchill was 65 when he became Prime Minister, Michaelangelo was 71 when he started St Peters.