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
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.
As the population gets older and the risks of frailty and ill health increase there is a need to develop effective interventions to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease and treatments that will support and increase in healthy life expectancy. This will also promote social and economic dividends.
How do we improve the health of the ageing population to enable them to enjoy their extended years in good health? Older people living with better health will help to reduce health inequalities and reduce the growing financial pressure on health and social care services.
Enabling older people to live independently for longer is highly beneficial, not only for the individual and their families but for society in general. Utilising assistive technologies can enhance lives, relieve pressure on health and social care systems and boost the economy.
One in five older people suffer from depression, yet their mental health problems often go unrecognised and they are much less likely to get psychological help than younger people. NHS England has published new guidance - ‘Mental health in older people' - to help GPs spot the tell-tale signs of anxiety and depression, and identify a range of mental health problems including those which specifically affect older people.
A look across Care City’s work as a Test Bed, which is seeking to transform how we find, treat and manage long-term conditions, by empowering support staff across health and care with the latest digital technology.
Last year, dementia emerged as the UK’s biggest killer, and it is the only leading cause of death without a treatment that can slow or stop its progression. Millions have been invested into the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI) to research new treatments to improve the lives of millions
People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial issues. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being. Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations.
People living with dementia experience vastly worse outcomes than those without a cognitive impairment when admitted to hospital. They are more likely to suffer falls, become dehydrated, malnourished and experience greater anxiety and confusion. They, therefore, tend to stay in hospital up to four times longer than average, and the majority are unable to return to their own homes when discharged.
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