Healthy Ageing: The Grand Challenge
19th March 2019, The Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
In some regions one in three of the UK population is over 65 and this figure is predicted to continue to grow, reaching 74 million by 2039. The number of over 85s is also set to double, with an increase of 1.5 million by 2035. This age group is the fastest growing demographic in the UK.
Unfortunately, whilst improved life expectancy is to be celebrated, many elderly people will not live longer lives in good health. The risks of developing multiple long-term conditions, requiring complex care and treatment, are significantly increased in later life.
As part of the government’s industrial strategy grand challenge on Ageing Society, funding has been allocated to a ‘healthy ageing’ strategy to promote improved physical and mental health in older people
The Healthy Ageing-The Grand Challenge conference will discuss:
- The current health needs of the UK’s older population and how demand is set to increase in the future
- How to promote better health in later life and manage long-term conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular vascular and respiratory diseases, cancer, mental health and dementia
- Healthy Ageing, as part of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge and how funding is to promote better health and economic benefits
Open Forum Events invite all stakeholders, involved with the health of the nation, to join us for a day of informative and expert narrative. The conference agenda, featuring the very latest updates and developments, is designed to support delegates in their work and promote healthier later lives.
Life expectancy has been increasing and there has over the years been a demographic shift to an older population. The number of people over the age of 75 is currently 1 in 12. This is expected to rise to 1 in 7 by 2040. It is also predicted that a third of children born today will live to 100.
A significant rise in the number of elderly people requires new considerations across all of society, however, health and social care provision is an area of particular focus. Health is fundamental to the quality of life we experience. Being fit, healthy and happy all contribute towards the capacity to remain in our own homes and lead independent lives, be less reliant on medical and social care intervention, continue to work and engage with the community.
As part of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge, the UK government aims to ensure the UK leads the world in healthy ageing. As the risk of frailty and ill health increases with age, £98 million has been invested into a ‘healthy ageing programme’ This funding will be utilised to tackle the existing and emerging healthcare challenges associated with an older population. The programme supports the development of new products and services to improve health and wellbeing, tackle loneliness and enable independent living. Other than improving lives, this initiative is seen as a significant contributor to economic growth and prosperity.
In addition, £40m has been invested into the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI), which brings together 350 leading scientists researching new treatments to improve the lives of those living with or affected by dementia, both now and in the future.
The Healthy Ageing-The Grand Challenge conference agenda will contain expert presentations, discussing the connections between health and later life plus the economic opportunities they present. Delegates will benefit from gaining a greater insight into the required adaptations in approach, products and services to support healthier later life in the communities in which they work.
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