How do we deliver healthy later lives?
Thursday 18th June 13:45 - 14:30
We have an ageing population, with one-third of working adults already aged 50 and over: by 2030, 27 per cent of the population will be over the age of 65.
Therefore it is critical – both to society and to the individuals – that we ensure they remain functional and mobile as they age, that they’re able to stay in work longer, that they stay connected to wider society, and that their risk of long-term health conditions is kept as low as possible.
With this in mind, Public Health England and the Centre for Ageing Better recently shared a joint vision for making England the ‘best place in the world to grow old’ this vision supports the Government’s ambition for everyone to have ‘five extra years of healthy living’ with PHE stating ‘with the commitment to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge in the Industrial Strategy and the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan – along with the World Health Organization announcing a Decade of Healthy Ageing – there has never been a better time to challenge ageism and realise the potential of people in later life" .
The evidence is clear that being active is beneficial, yet sadly the sector is struggling to truly engage older adults and failing to take advantage of the market opportunities – so what preventative measures and evidence-based interventions are available? How can we narrow inequalities, challenge ageist and negative language and remove barriers for older adults to participate in physical activities and volunteering. What is the role of the health and fitness sector and what contribution will physical activity have in helping everyone look forward to a healthy later life?