Research has shown that Seniors who are active mentally and physically – within the limits of their abilities, age positively and are less likely to require medical and/or hospital treatment and are more likely to live longer. One of the myths of the ageing population is that older people are an increasing drain on the economy – nothing could be further from the truth.
Seniors contribute to the economy through volunteering, full-time and part-time work and as they live longer so the potential for economic gain increases. The page Older People in the Workforce, expands on this theme.
Nevertheless, as people become frail and aged, or through other illness, they do rely increasingly on medical and dental treatment. OPSO is represented on a number of working groups specialising in health care.