Where are the Maturer Elderly citizens in our society?

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4 weeks ago (8:24 PM)
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Linda53

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The average age of Londoners is relatively low because there are huge numbers of young people who have moved to London to work, so it could be that there are so many young people out and about compared to old people that it seems as though there are very few elderly people who are also out and about. However, I'm sure a lot of elderly people do move out of London because of the expense. I don't see many old people out and about after dark but I see older people out shopping during the day.

COSMA

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Linda53, you made some very valid points, certainly the high numbers of young people may have over shadowed the elderly from my view. However, given that people are living far longer and that there are so many retirement flats/homes all around London I clearly do not observe as many elderly people as I once used too during the day.

It could be that they wake very early go out shopping before it becomes to hectic an atmosphere with too many people on the pavements, maybe. Moreover, there are many local London areas that lack any public seats which undoubtedly hinders many elderly people from enjoying a stroll down their High Road to shop and enjoy lunch, preferring to instead drive to their local supermarket for their shopping.

COSMA

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Further to my comments on this subject, I along with family and close friends have been extra vigilant during our outings recently in various parts of London, and is apparent to us that there are defiantly less elderly people out and about as there used to be. We are all aware that most of the elderly people of London are very settled in their homes. Essentially, the expense of London for the elderly is no different or even worse then those who are young and just starting out on their path of independence or even those with a growing family living in London.

There are many good and apparent reasons as to why most of the elderly people of London now feel much less secure in London to enjoy on foot. Furthermore, London roads have become extremely busy making most roads unquestionably alarming to cross on foot. TFL are reluctant to address and update the traffic lights they are potentially responsible in making safer by applying Countdown Lights and Arrows in order to encourage people of all ages to become pedestrians. Even most of the central and local London train stations still lack escalates and lifts.

Elderly people should not be restricted to just travelling to the supermarkets via their cars for all their needs and their general outings.

The city of London essentially belongs to all her citizens of all ages. Every part of London needs to become far more accommodating and safer to enable all her citizens to reassuringly venture out on foot and enjoy all of the city's offerings which will make London a very caring, enriching and respectful city for all generations to come.