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 2022-23 Scottish Borders Council Plan is key to our policy framework on how we plan to deliver services in the next few years. It consists of six outcome priorities, which are informed by an evidence base, including the Strategic Assessment. Health and Wellbeing in older people is central to Outcome Priority 5: "Good health and wellbeing". You can see how we are doing in delivering this outcome in our quarterly and annual performance reports.

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.  

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

Physical health in older people

  • statistics on bowel screening uptake amongst people aged 50-75 are available on the Health and Wellbeing profile of the ScotPHO Online Profiling tool
  • evidence from the 2019 Scottish Household Survey on topics such as older people's attitudes to physical activity and to the outdoors, are available

Financial wellbeing and older people

Social wellbeing and older people

  • evidence from the 2019 Scottish Household Survey on topics such as older people's attitudes to neighbourhood and community, internet use, local services, volunteering and cultural activity, are available

Care needs in older people

Official Statistics on these topics are available at Scottish Borders or Health Board level and sometimes at neighbourhood level. If you live, work or study in the Scottish Borders and would like any help accessing or using these statistics, contact us using the contact details below.

Research and Data in the Scottish Borders

Research and information team

Contact the Corporate Performance and Information Research and Information Team for demographics research-related enquiries

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 01835 824000