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Millions of long-term sick by 2025

A charity has warned that millions of older people will be living with a long-term illness by 2025 as age expectancy increases.

According to data from the charity Help the Aged there will be an increase in people living with conditions such as coronary heart disease, osteoporosis and dementia, as pensioners will make up a greater proportion of the population.

Figures show there will be a dramatic increase in people living with a disease, most notably people living with the effects of stroke. Research suggests that numbers will rise 46%, from 601,000 now to 878,000 in 2025.

Dementia will also be widely seen in the ageing population, with the numbers of people living with the condition increasing by 50% from 668,000 to a million, and those with incontinence will rise from three million now to 4.1 million in 2025.

According to the charity there will be 67% more people over the age of 65 with a disability, an increase from 868,000 now to 1.4 million in 2025.

Coronary heart disease cases are also expected to rise from 1.8 million now to 2.6 million, while the number with osteoporosis will go up 37%, from three million now to 4.1 million in 2025.

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