The current UK population is at its largest ever, at 65.6 million and is predicted to continue to grow, reaching 74 million by 2039. Currently, in some regions, one in three of the population is over 65 and an increase in the overall population will undoubtedly see an equivalent increase in elderly people. The number of over 85s is 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.
How do we improve the health of the ageing population to enable everyone to enjoy their extended years in good health? This presentation will look at what needs to change at individual, community and societal level, and how we measure that change.
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.
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.
Technology can be a powerful tool in the care and support of older people, and when used to improve daily contact, instead of replacing it - the results can be life and service changing. In this talk you'll learn about several ways you can improve outcomes for older people and your services by putting daily contact at the heart of what you do.
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.
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.
In response to the well documented health benefits of dance, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) developed Silver Swans: specially designed ballet classes for older learners to help improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Silver Swans has the additional benefit of creating a social community to combat loneliness that this demographic can experience.
Hear from Silver Swans Ambassador Angela Rippon CBE and RAD Registered Teacher Sarah Platt about the impact Silver Swans has had since its international launch in 2017.
Patient falls in the NHS costs the health service £2.3bn and over 4m beds each year. A third of people aged 65-and-over fall at least once a year and falls are the most common cause of death from injury in over 65's. Patient falls are the number one precipitating factor for a person losing independence and going into long term care. A first fall can set in motion a downward spiral - people may develop a fear of falling which, in turn, can lead to more inactivity, loss of strength and a greater risk of further falls.
Christian will introduce delegates to Guardian Sentry; a completely new way of caring for patients that embraces two elements of the NHS long term plan - digital innovation and preventative care. Guardian Sentry is not an analogue system, instead it utilises digital technology - the system will sense when a patient is beginning to move and will alarm any staff nearby of an impending fall prompt. This means you do not get an alarm when the patient has fallen, like some other systems on the market. The Guardian Sentry system is designed to give you a preemptive early warning for an impending fall prompt.
From hospital to home the positive influence of good design for people living with dementia. Drawing on current practice to demonstrate how small scale environmental changes can really make a difference to care.
People living with dementia experience vastly worse outcomes than those without a cognitive impairment when admitted to hospital. This can lead to poorer outcomes, therefore, Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust is improving the stay for people with dementia in different therapeutic ways, which include the use of live musicians.
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