Research and data in the Scottish Borders: People

Health and wellbeing: older people

Why is it important to have data about health and wellbeing in older people?

The Scottish Government National Performance Framework states simply that "we are healthy and active". Our NHS is pivotal to our health and happiness but we also understand that our health is dependent on a wide variety of factors.  We need to take a whole-system approach to promoting good health and activity, regardless of gender, background or any other Equalities protected characteristic. We use the latest research and data to make sure Scottish Borders plays its part in making this outcome happen in our region. The information on this page is an analysis of the policy framework, the topics and the evidence that informs this national outcome, with particular respect to older people.

Scottish Borders Policy framework

The 2018-23 Scottish Borders Corporate Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next five years. It consists of eight corporate priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the Strategic Assessment. 

The strategic priority on improving public health in Scottish Borders is managed by the Public Health Team. The Joint Health Improvement Team works with Health and Social Care to improve health and reduce health inequalities.  

"Our health and wellbeing" are also central to the following the Scottish Borders Corporate Plan Priority: 3: "Support, care and protection", with reference to older people. In particular, we need to prepare our services for the projected increase in the older population by:

  • building extra care housing
  • focusing our strategies on keeping adults more active and living independently
  • further integrating our services with NHS Borders so services become seamless
  • delivering more services through our Community Hubs 
  • developing a Dementia Strategy that will support older people remain in their home and community as long as they wish (through a combination of specialist care and support, and housing-based and residential services)
  • strengthening and building SB Cares, our care company

Find our more about Public Health in Scottish Borders.

For imformation about our services to adults and older people, visit our corporate resource pages

Topic areas

There is a large amount of evidence from official statistics to inform Older People's policy development, across a wide range of topic areas.

Demographics of the older population

  • numbers and proportions of over 65s, over 75s and over 85s
  • projected trends in numbers and proportions of older people
  • life expectancy at age 65
  • rate and cause of death in older people

Mental health and wellbeing in older people

  • loneliness
  • mental health in older people

Physical health in older people

  • delayed discharges
  • dementia
  • multiple emergency admissions
  • life expectancy
  • limiting Illness
  • physical activity
  • self-assessed general health
  • smoking

Economic and financial wellbeing amongst older people

  • economic activity
  • pensioner poverty
  • older people who provide unpaid care

Quality of life, hobbies and cultural interests in older people

  • types of activities undertaken
  • visits to the outdoors
  • types of hobbies and cultural interests
  • volunteering
  • internet use
  • satisfaction with quality of life

Care needs in older people

  • uses and types of social care services
  • social care services in deprived areas
  • types of need and disabilityamongst social care service users
  • delayed discharges
  • end-of-life care setting

Social Care at home services for older people

  • demographics of older clients cared for at home
  • community alarms or telecare
  • self-directed support
  • Direct Payments
  • Home Care clients
  • emergency admissions to hospital amongst Home Care clients
  • Home Care clients with high care needs

Care Home clients

  • Care Homes in the Scottish Borders: numbers and places
  • proportion of numbers and places per older person
  • types of care need and disability amongst Care Home clients
  • emergency admissions to hospital amongst Care Home clients

We regularly review the official statistics on the topic of health and wellbeing in older people to provide evidence to inform a range of strategies and policies, and to inform the public. If you need information about any of the topics listed above about your community and would like help finding it, contact us. We will publish any information notes and area profiles on this topic here as they are produced.