Health and social care for older people: statement of intent

This statement sets out our strong intent to make a significant difference to how we approach older people’s health and social care in Scotland.


1. Projected Population of Scotland (2018-based)

2. Healthy life expectancy for females is 21.5 years more in the least deprived areas compared to the most deprived areas in Scotland. For males that difference increases to 25.1 years. Healthy Life Expectancy, 2017-19: Report (

3. Barnett K et al. Epidemiology of multi-morbidity and implication for health care, research, and medical education: a cross-sectional study. Lancet 2012;380:37-43

4. Guthrie, B. et al. The rising tide of polypharmacy and drug-drug interactions: population database analysis 1995–2010. BMC Med 13, 74 (2015).



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