Foreword from Alex Neil MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
The contribution older people make to Scottish society cannot be understated. Indeed, in many communities, were it not for their efforts, I am sure that a number of clubs and services would not exist, not to mention the huge number of people aged over 65 who are themselves carers.
We expect to have a much larger older population in 20 years. This is most certainly something for us to celebrate, and is also something we need to prepare for. Whilst the evidence suggests we are leading healthier lives, there will without doubt be an increased demand on public services, and health and social care is no exception. This is why it is important for us to reshape care for older people, and to make sure that the services provided are of a high standard.
I am pleased to hear of so many positive developments and contributions towards reshaping care, and invite you to find out more by reading our recently published report, available on the Scottish Government website.
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