Almost 1 million people live in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area, and BLMK is one of the fastest growing areas in the country.
The population could increase by nearly 90% by 2050 and the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to double by 2035. We are also predicting higher than average growth in the number of adults aged 65 and over.
As more people in these older age groups tend to have long-term, and sometimes multiple, health conditions, this presents a significant challenge for both health and social care. We are also expecting a higher than average growth in the number of children and young people aged 10-19 years old.
These differences affect what local people need, from their health and social care services. We work closely with our local hospitals, councils and other organisations in the BLMK integrated care system to develop health and social care services that are truly tailored to local people’s needs.
Health and Wellbeing in BLMK
Here is an overview of some of the characteristics, health and wellbeing trends that we are seeing in our area.