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1501: Growing older in the English countryside

This paper is summarised from the Rural Media Company report ‘Over the hill - Growing older in the English countryside’ by Nick Le Mesurier.

Year of Publication2012

Older people are far more active economically than is suggested by their stereotype – they are volunteers, employers and consumers. We should not look upon the ageing population as a 'demographic time bomb'. But 'ground up' schemes cannot function without an infrastructure which the state has a crucial role in creating and maintaining. Volunteers can only do so much, and it cannot be assumed that their efforts and good will can replace those of professional and paid staff wholesale. Small voluntary rural organisations need ‘critical friends’ who are usually in Government or Local Government, though larger voluntary organisations can help.

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