U.K. aged need more play areas, buses, W.C.s

Two British charities are pressing for communitiers to do more to adapt their neighbourhoods to their growing number of the aged.

ILC-UK and Age UK say the over-65s need more public transport, toilets and even play areas to enable them to enjoy an active old age. The result of six months' consultation with academics, researchers and professionals, the 58-report due for publication in June 2014 points particularly to inadequate housing.

They point out that most space is built for 'yuppies' rather than the old. Nearly one-third of homes where the oldest person is aged over 75 fail decent home standards.

Among the aged, 3.6 million in the U.K. live alone, and over one million complain of always feeling lonely,

But between 2010 and 2018 an extra two million people will have become 65. .


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