An important theme for active communities, from Age UK’s Agenda for Later Life 2015 report, is how integrated services can improve the lives of older people. Following this theme, the idea of ‘total transport’ aims to bring together central and local government transport budgets and improve the deployment of buses, hospital transport, school buses and a variety of community transport. It allows vehicles to be shared and coordinated more efficiently, following broader transport objectives. However it isn’t a replacement for adequately funded transport services.
Posted in Communities and inclusion, Public Policy, Transport
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The recent publication of the latest ONS figures on average life expectancy have become familiar reading. How long you are likely to live is still heavily dependent on where in the country you live. A woman who is 65 living in Kensington and Chelsea can reasonably expect to live another 25 years, while a woman of the same age in Manchester can expect just under 19.
Without some recognition of the variability of ageing, we risk continuing the characterisation of health and wellbeing in later life as a rapid downward spiral. This underpins the many statements about the “burden” of an ageing society, or the pressure that older people place on essential services. Continue reading
Posted in Health, Health and Wellbeing, Loneliness, NHS, Public Policy
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This post was contributed by Kate Horstead, Policy and Influencing Officer, at our sister charity Age International.
2015 has been a landmark year for international development and for older people globally. The Sustainable Development Goals, an ambitious framework agreed by and for all countries, has been adopted and will set the scene for policies and programmes around the world. Unlike its predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals, Agenda 2030 recognises ageing and older people as an integral part of international development plans. Continue reading
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