Bexley council approves new Ageing Well strategy

PUBLISHED: 09:13 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 March 2018

The scheme helps support people in living and ageing well. Picture: PA

The scheme helps support people in living and ageing well. Picture: PA

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Getting older is a worry for everyone, but the council has just approved a new Ageing Well strategy to cuts its care costs.

The scheme means the authority working with select partners to develop an effective suite of prevention programmes that support people to live and age well.

The idea is to improve the health and wellbeing of all residents which in turn will limit or delay the need for high-cost care.

Those over 65 has increased from 37,507 in 2011 to 40,964 in 2017 and will hit 51,043 by 2030. The over 75s is also soaring, creating additional wellbeing concerns.

This new strategy covers four key themes: loneliness; being healthy and active; improve care and support; plus promoting enjoying life at home.

Cllr Brad Smith, Bexley’s cabinet member for adult services, said: “Most of our older residents will live active and healthy lives, however we know that lifestyle conditions, changes to communities, and the structures of family life are increasingly having an impact on how people age. This strategy sets out what we are doing as a council, in partnership, and with community groups to promote personal and community resilience, together with self-care and how we are developing new approaches to delivering integrated seamless care for those who need it.”

And Dr Anjan Ghosh, director of public health, added: “Supporting residents and communities to age well in Bexley is a priority for the Borough and will be a particular focus for us as we develop our approach to system wide prevention. Helping our residents to plan early, gain good quality support and advice, make stronger community links and participate in rewarding activities are all components essential to maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing, and sustaining independence for as long as possible.

“The ageing well strategy provides a strong framework for developing our detailed action plans in partnership with local residents, community groups and across wider partnerships over the coming months and years.”

The Office for National Statistics said: “The population in the UK is getting older with 18 per cent aged 65 and over and 2.4 per cent aged 85 and over.”

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