Mortality in Older People

The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) contains data on excess winter deaths. The number of excess winter deaths depends on the temperature and the level of disease in the population as well as other factors, such as how well equipped people are to cope with the drop in temperature. Most excess winter deaths are due to circulatory and respiratory diseases, and the majority occur amongst the elderly population. In Oldham in 2016/17, there were 49 excess winter deaths; this was significantly fewer than the North West and England averages. Over a rolling three year period, Oldham has an excess winter death rate of 15%; this is similar to regional and national averages.

Between 2010-14, the main underlying causes of death in over 65s in Oldham were neoplasms (cancer), circulatory diseases and respiratory disease. Deaths from these diseases accounted for 71% of all deaths in older people during this time.