THE ageing population is storing up problems for the future.
Nick Hurd, MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, told people at a community forum that in Northwood and Northwood Hills the number of elderly people is already much higher than the national average.
In a bid to address the growing problem, around 60 representatives of schools, religious groups, Hillingdon Council and volunteers gathered at Fairfield Church in Windsor Close, Northwood Hills on Thursday last week.The gathering was a joint venture between Andrew Riley, the chairman of Northwood Hills Residents’ Association, Tony Ellis, chairman of Northwood Residents’ Association, and Mr Hurd (pictured) which was arranged following the success of a similar event in 2011.
Mr Hurd said: “This is a conversation we really needed to have because it is an enormous issue for Northwood and Northwood Hills and the country.
“There’s lots going on for older people, but it’s stuff people don’t know about.”
Attendees split into groups to discuss issues including bringing older and younger generations together and ensuring older, housebound people are aware of the services on offer to them.
A follow-up meeting will be held in the coming months.
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