Older People

Looking after older people in Bournemouth


Bournemouth has traditionally been a popular destination for older people both as a place to retire and a place to holiday. As a result historically Bournemouth has in the past had a larger proportion of older people.

The growth of Bournemouth's two universities and growing working age population has changed the age profile of the town bringing it closer to the UK average. 

However with Bournemouth's growing population and people living longer the latest projections (Mid-2014 based sub-national population projections) suggest there will still be a significant growth in the elderly population. Between 2014 and 2039 it's predicted that the 65-84 year old population will grow by 15,200 to 43,500, an increase of nearly 54%.  The over 85 year old population is predicted to increase by 5,800 to 12,000 in 2039. Almost double the population in 2014 (95% increase).

The population growth is not due to migration of over 65s moving from elsewhere in the UK to Bournemouth. Over the last few years nearly as many over 65s move away from Bournemouth as move to the area.

In 2014/15 the net numbers of over 65s moving to Bournemouth was around 200.

Poverty and health

We know there are links between poverty and health. The Income Deprivation Affecting Older People Index 2015 shows how Bournemouth ranks. 

Our Adult Social Care pages have more information.

Dementia care profiles are available for local authorities produced by Public Health England

End of life care

The End of Life Care Profiles help commissioners and care providers understand the care needs of their population.