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August 2020

Recently published in the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, this new paper provides an overview of the design of NICOLA, the methods that were used and some of the key findings from Wave 1. DOI:

Increases in life expectancy and declining birth rates are leading to the rapid ageing of populations across the developed world. The population of Northern Ireland (NI) is undergoing a similar demographic shift resulting in a sustained increase in life expectancy. By 2028, it is estimated that 39% of the NI population will be aged 50 years or over; this is projected to rise to 43% by 2048 (NISRA 2018). Such demographic changes undoubtedly pose public health challenges for individuals and society, in terms of helping older adults maintain and maximize their independence, health, and well-being, and for policy makers aiming to support older adults through justifiable and appropriate provision of health and social care services.......

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