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Theme 2: Enable our older population to live independently and well

Summary :: Our Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy :: Theme 2: Enable our older population to live independently and well

Over the next five years the number of people aged over 65 years will increase by over four thousand (10%) and the number aged over 85 years will increase by 900 (18%). Increasing numbers of older people mean that there will be increasing numbers of people developing chronic conditions who become intensive users of services (assuming age-specific rates remain constant). This ageing of the population is likely to result in a substantial increase in costs to the health and social care system. Therefore, primary and secondary prevention of conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease (see next theme), combined with improved care for people with conditions such as dementia, is essential to reduce or limit the numbers of high-intensity users of services and reduce the costs to the health and social care system. While not limited to older people, addressing social isolation is one important aspect of improving health and wellbeing and the findings of the council's Social Isolation Task Group will help to guide this.

Many older people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as they can and to do so they may need additional support. There have also been increasing numbers of older people who need specialist accommodation that combines support, care and housing provision. Carers play an essential role in supporting older people and their role will become increasingly important as the older population increases.

Priorities


• Support work to identify and support those who are socially-isolated
• Support work to develop local care and ensure co-ordination with adult social care
• Support the development of the new strategy for carers and the delivery of its actions