Topic reports

Older people in Calderdale


This is one of a set of Topic Reports published by Calderdale Council. The 2001 Census is the key source for this Report, since no other data-set compares in both its coverage and the detail it provides. However, the Report also uses some data from the health sector, indices of deprivation, and the Council's own information systems.  In addition, an Index of Need has been calculated from 2001 Census data to focus on circumstances affecting the quality of life of older people.

Purpose of the report

The objective of this report is to provide a demographic context and aide for those planning and providing services for - or affecting - older people, as well as providing an overview for those with a general interest in the issues involved.

The report's focus is on identifying geographical differences in the numbers and socio-economic situation of older people - both within Calderdale and between Calderdale and national averages. This includes concentrations of older people of different ages -and in particular older people living alone - as well as the housing, income and health situation of older people.

It is not the aim to paint a picture of what it is like to be an older person in Calderdale, but to keep a clear focus on the socio-demographic context within which services for older people are provided. No attempt is made here to assess the level or quality of services provided to older people.

Note: There is no single definition of Older People used in planning for older age-groups, so this report provides information on a range of age-groups:

This report provides the most reliable and comprehensive data available at the time of publication. The full report is available to download here:

It concentrates on presenting this data in tables, graphics and maps, and comment is kept to a minimum. Below is a summary of the key points from the report.

Key points

Last Updated: 02/11/2015