Our population is ageing. Let’s make sure it ages well.

Thursday 10th May - 10:25-11:10

In the UK’s ageing population, one-third of working adults are already aged 50 and over; by 2030, 27 per cent of the population will be over the age of 65.

It’s 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.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has examined these very challenges, and is now implementing a global strategy and action plan that will lay out the evidence and detail the partnerships needed to support healthy ageing.

Our panel of experts will explore the role that physical activity will play, in the context of the WHO’s Healthy Ageing action plan, in delivery a population that ages in good health.

Professor Charlie Foster, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at University of Bristol

Day 2: 10:25-11:10 Elevate Conference

Professor Charlie Foster, PhD is a global leader in systematic reviews and meta-analysis of the evidence base for physical activity, with reviews on epidemiology, correlates, interventions and evaluation of natural experiments. With over one hundred research publications including the Lancet, BMJ, and Cochrane Collaboration, he was asked to co-author the 2011 UK Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines. Charlie is a leader of physical activity and public health in the UK and was asked to present his research to the UK Parliament’s 2014 All-Party Commission on Physical Activity. He has global policy and advocacy experience working with WHO, EC, and CDC USA. He is the Chair of the new 2015 CMO UK expert committee for physical activity.

Panellists include:

Sir Muir Gray CBE, Public Health Expert and Director at Better Value Healthcare

Alana Officer, Senior Health Adviser at World Health Organization

Anna Dixon, Chief Executive at Centre for Ageing Better

Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Partnerships at Alzheimer's Society