Ageing expert Karen Lowton says we need to face up to the needs of those growing old with complex health problems – and the costs The health and social care system is not only struggling to meet the care needs of our ageing population, it is completely unprepared for the consequences of looking after growing numbers of older people with extremely complex health problems. That’s the conclusion of Karen Lowton, a professor of sociology at the University of Sussex who specialises in ageing and health. Whereas 40 years ago a child born with cystic fibrosis, severe congenital heart defect or Down’s syndrome had a slim chance of surviving childhood, let alone reaching adulthood, now there are more adults than children living with these conditions. In addition, people with HIV are also growing older. This is a “remarkable testament” to advances in medicine, says 49-year-old Lowton. But she warns that these success stories are set to create another crisis for an already stretched social care

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