By 2031 the number of people aged over 85 will have doubled
A new BBC campaign, Living Longer, looks at the many challenges posed by an ageing population.
With so many more people living longer, local services are feeling the strain.
The post-war baby boom of the 1940s means 25% of the population will be 65 or older by 2031 and the number of people aged over 85 will have doubled.
BBC Radio Cornwall will be telling the stories of older people across the region every day from 7-12 November.
Living Longer Debate
On Friday 12 November, BBC Radio Cornwall broadcast an hour long debate about living longer. Recorded at the Kingsley Village in Fraddon, the debate was hosted by Martin Bailie. The panel consisted of Nigel Clark who is the Assistant Director of Care, Age Concern Cornwall.
Prof Catherine Hennessy, Chair in Public Health and Ageing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth took part in the debate.
Other panel members included Margaret Ford, Vice Chair of Penwith 50 plus forum, Trustee of Age Concern, works with the Alzheimers Society and Joe Vinson, Cornwall Youth Forum.
The audience asked the questions, which were answered by the members of the panel. If you missed it then click on the link to hear the hour long debate again.
Rhona & George Lenson
One couple who we will be hearing from in the week is Rhona and George Lenson in Newquay.
They are being supported to stay in their own home.
The couple have been married for 67 years but life changed for them three years ago when Rhona had a stroke.
Rhona has Alzheimer's and dementia. George is almost completely blind but is Rhona's anchor.
Different carers and therapists come to their bungalow throughout the week to ensure they can stay together.
Rhona's also benefited from extra therapy sessions delivered through Cornwall Care.
Ernie has been working with the Sensory Trust Creative Spaces Project.
The project seeks to create opportunities for older people with dementia and improve their environments and allow them to play a more active role in their community.
The project hopes to improve quality of life and reduce isolation through improved support services, access to activities and outdoor environments, and greater connection with the local community.
Based predominantly in a Cornwall Care home in St Austell, Ernie has been actively involved in the project.