Winter is coming - Flourishing in older age - a no-brainer for public policy?

Harnessing Health in Older Age

Wendy Meredith, Harnessing Health Network member

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Winter is coming - Flourishing in older age - a no-brainer for public policy?

Harnessing Health in Older Age

Wendy Meredith, Harnessing Health Network member

by Administrator

by Administrator

By 2024, more than 1 in 4 people will be aged 60 and over.

The number of people aged 85 and over is also set to increase from 1.5 – 2 million nationally.  This is a huge achievement for our society and yet too often we persist in describing our aging population as a “problem” focusing our attention on some of the immediate challenges to public services which we frame using negatives such as “demand”, “dependency” and “burden” rather than “opportunities”, “assets” and “value” which older bring can and do bring to their communities.

We know that good health, social connections, financial security and purpose enable us to flourish in older age and that good health in older age is built on strong foundations laid earlier in life.

However, in spite of the efforts of many hard-working, dedicated individuals and organisations across the North West, we have singularly failed to prevent unhealthy aging and now the lives of many of our older citizens are blighted by poor health and inequalities in public services such as health care, social care and housing.

As the proportion of older people in the population continues to rise over the next 20 years, our health and social care systems will need to evolve so that everyone can benefit from rising longevity.

The Harnessing Health Network in partnership with The Innovation Agency is convening a discussion with leading thinkers to reimagine our approach to healthy ageing across the North West. We want to work with you to co-create a new approach to action on healthy ageing, drawing together a short report.

We want to engage with influential leaders in health, social care, housing, voluntary and community organisations and community representatives and invite them to join this conversation.

If you’re interested in questions such as:

  • “What would a health and social care system look like if it was genuinely co-created with older people?”
  • “How would this help us tackle the challenges of inequality and austerity?”

and would like to join the conversation please email sue.henry@harnessinghealth.net for more information

Wendy Meredith

HHN member

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