Older adults

Using the mid-2020 population estimates, 29% of the Bolton population (84,237 people) is aged 55+. The number of older adults is predicted to increase in the coming years.

This section contains information about the health and wellbeing of older people and how we can make sure Bolton is a place where people can age well.


The recorded dementia prevalence provides an indication of the concentration, within a population, of the number of people aged 65 or older who have been diagnosed and who are now living with the condition. This indicator can be used to inform local service planning as to the scale of services required to provide treatment, care and support as needed, so those with dementia can live well with the condition.


Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people, and significantly impact on long term outcomes, e.g. being a major precipitant of people moving from their own home to long-term nursing or residential care.

The highest risk of falls is in those aged 65 and above and it is estimated that about 30% people (2.5 million) aged 65 and above living at home and about 50% of people aged 80 and above living at home or in residential care will experience an episode of fall at least once a year (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2017). Falls that results in injury can be very serious - approximately 1 in 20 older people living in the community experience a fracture or need hospitalisation after a fall. Falls and fractures in those aged 65 and above account for over 4 million bed days per year in England alone, at an estimated cost of £2 billion (Royal College of Physicians, 2011).

Income Deprivation Affecting Older People

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is an overall relative measure of deprivation constructed by combining seven domains of deprivation according to their respective weights.

The Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index (IDAOPI) measures the proportion of all those aged 60 or over who experience income deprivation. It is a subset of the Income Deprivation Domain which measures the proportion of the population in an area experiencing deprivation relating to low income. The definition of low income used includes both those people that are out-of-work, and those that are in work but who have low earnings (and who satisfy the respective means tests).

The map below shows the LSOA's in Bolton and their relative income deprivation affecting older people decile rank within England.


Also see the population section of this website.

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