35.7 years is the average age of an Offaly person, according to statistics released by the CSO.
The figures are the result of the 2011 census, and shows the average age of the population of Offaly has increased by 0.7% since 2006.
The publication, “Profile 2 Older and Younger – An Age Profile of Ireland” and examines the age of Ireland’s population and the characteristics of different age groups by geographic area, accommodation, household composition and marital status.
In Offaly the population stands at 76,687 according to the 2011 figures and of this, the greatest number of people (aged between 0 and 4) is 6,239.
The smallest age group in the population is 964, which represents those aged over 85 years.
Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO: “This profile report is the second of ten profile reports examining the definitive results of Census 2011 in more detail. This continues our publishing approach of presenting more interpretation and analysis of the data accompanied by illustrative presentations, thematic maps and easy to read commentary”.
Nursing Homes Ireland said the census results underline imperative requirement to plan for older persons
NHI said the results highlight the imperative requirement there is upon the Government to imminently put in place a plan to meet the increased demand for health and social and care services for our ageing population.
NHI said the results, which show the population of people aged 65+ has increased by 14.4 per cent over the past five years, form part of a growing body of evidence that highlights people are living longer and the numbers of older persons in society is growing significantly.
Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO, stated that the census ‘is a further reminder’ that demand for health and social care services is escalating and will continue to increase over the coming years.
“The Government must bring the key stakeholders in the delivery of health and social care services for older persons together and put in place a comprehensive strategy that will ensure this generation of older persons and those succeeding them will be provided with support and care services to ensure they grow old with the support and dignity they deserve.”