"Improved and more advanced healthcare throughout our lives is ensuring that more people are not just living longer, they're ageing well - and we should really start to celebrate this.
We need to move away from the view that people living longer is a bad thing as it creates pressure on our systems and instead start to celebrate the valuable contribution that older members of society continue to play in all of our lives.
"The ONS figures show that women are living longer than men and are more likely to live alone. This highlights the issues that we will continue to face with lack of appropriate housing that will not only allow people to downsize, but also be appropriate for their long term needs. Yesterday's Autumn Statement went some way to addressing this with the changes to Council Tax for 'granny annexes' however this is only part of the solution. Creating more generic housing in itself won't solve the problem, instead there needs to be a more concerted effort to ensure that housing reflects the demographic changes we're already experiencing. Only by doing this will we allow the nine in ten people that want to remain independent in their own surroundings if they need support in the future to do just that."