Launch of Scotland's 'Active and Healthy Ageing Action Plan' 2014-2016
NHS Health Scotland and the Joint Improvement Team have this week issued a call to action for national organisations, community planning partnerships and other groups to improve and support the health and wellbeing of Scotland’s population as they move into and through later life.
The case for action is a compelling one, given the estimation that the number of people aged 75 and over is projected to rise to almost 740,000 by 2035 – an 82% increase on 2010.
A collaboration of NHS Health Scotland, the Joint Improvement Team and the Scottish Government have worked closely with partners from health, social care, housing, the third sector, the Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Older People’s Assembly to develop a plan for Active and Healthy Ageing in Scotland. This builds on the momentum of activity undertaken in 2012 to celebrate the European Year of Active Ageing, including the Joint Improvement Team and the ALLIANCE’s national learning event at the Scottish Parliament and subsequent “Path to Active Ageing” publication.
“Somewhere to go and something to do” Active and Healthy Ageing: An Action Plan for Scotland 2014 – 2016 highlights good practice to be spread and identifies ambitious but practical actions to be achieved by 2016, based around four key themes that older people indicated were important to them.
- “I want to have fun and enjoy myself”
- “I wish to remain connected to my friends”
- “I wish to be able to contribute to society for as long as I want”
- “Don’t talk about me without me, and respect my beliefs and values”
These include a number of specific actions for national organisations, health, care and housing partnerships, community planning partners, the third and independent sectors, and older people and communities.
Introducing the action plan, Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Director, Joint Improvement Team said;
“Improving the health and wellbeing of older people is not just the responsibility of health and social care services. We all have a role to play. “
“This Action Plan is a key part of our 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy. Implementing the actions will help Scotland create a society in which we can all age healthily. Now we must all work together, and with older people and local communities, to make that a reality.”
The Implementation of the action plan will be overseen by the Reshaping Care and Integration Improvement Support Group (ISG), reporting to the Health and Community Care Delivery Group. NHS Health Scotland, JIT and the ALLIANCE will lead a subgroup of ISG to provide support and challenge to local partnerships as they take forward these actions.