STP priority: Prevent ill health and moderate demand for healthcare
In 2010, there were 1.4 million people in the UK aged 85 and over; this number is projected to increase to 1.9 million by 2020 and to 3.5 million by 2035, more than doubling over 25 years. Due to medical advances, people are living much longer than ever before - illnesses that were once death sentences have become challenges that many overcome with intensive treatment and care, and due to better education surrounding healthy living we are able to make better choices to enhance the length of time we can spend with our loved ones.
While living longer is a cause for celebration, an ageing population becomes a concern as in the not too distant future, trends suggest there may be fewer people of working age to support those of pension age. We need to make changes now that enable older people to remain active, to be independent at home for longer and keep them out of hospital and care due to unnecessary hospital admissions. It's a big challenge, but one we must all do our part to help.
Living Well For Longer programme
Colleagues in health, social care and the voluntary sector all face monumental funding challenges. But LWFL isn’t just about money … it’s about ensuring that older people have the treatment and support they need at the right place and at the right time. And we know that, more often than not, hospital becomes the place of choice because of the absence of alternatives. That’s why we are delighted to be working in partnership with Age UK. They are creating the conditions that enable older people to stay out of hospital. It’s about supporting older people to access the person centred care that enables them to live more independently for longer. Volunteers play a major part in delivering this initiative.
A significant focus for the programme is supporting the shared ambition across our communities to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for older people and, to that end, consider new and innovative models of care to help achieve this goal.
As we pull together our refreshed strategy for Living Well For Longer, we are moving towards a place where we can support our partners to contribute to communities in which more older people can flourish, enjoying better health, care and wellbeing.
For more information on the programme and how you can get involved, email Tracey Faraday-Drake
, Programme Director.