Registration is now open for the Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing will run from 2 – 15 July 2018. Funded by the Ambition for Ageing programme, the celebratory event will portray a more positive view of ageing as well as encouraging policy-makers to take the action needed to improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s older people.
TelemedicineAs governments cut public spending in the aftermath of the financial crisis, health services across Europe and the US have come under enormous pressure to cope with the basic medical needs of ageing populations. Research from Deloitte shows that in the UK, more than three in five people between the ages of 55 and 75 use a smartphone, although only 8 per cent of the group used their phones for video calls each week.
Life expectancy significantly worse in deprived areas
New research from the Cass Business School for the International Longevity Centre – UK shows that life expectancy and health outcomes worsen the more deprived an area or population is. Men are more adversely impacted by deprivation than women, and the southeast of England is less deprived than the rest of the country – with the five most deprived districts all in the north of England. Although life expectancy is increasing overall and the life expectancies of men and women are converging, any improvements are slower paced in more deprived areas, with the net gap between rich and poor slowly worsening over time.
Men tend to be more adversely impacted by deprivation than women, with the gap in life expectancy at age 30 between the top and bottom one per cent of deprived neighbourhoods at 10.9 years for men and 8.4 years for women.
Men are 4.4 times more likely to die at the age of 44 in the most deprived 10 per cent of neighbourhoods, when compared to the 10 per cent of least deprived neighbourhoods.
The researchers confirmed that deprivation in England is heavily skewed towards urban areas, with the top five districts of deprivation in Northern England – Middlesbrough, Knowsley on Merseyside, Kingston-upon-Hull, Liverpool and Manchester. By contrast in London, only Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Hackney fall into the top 50 deprived districts.
The World Health Organization has recognised Greater Manchester as the UK’s first age-friendly city region. To mark the achievement, on 16 March Mayor Andy Burnham and lead Councillor Jean Stretton joined the Manchester Active Ageing Taster Day at Debdale Park, Gorton. Here they launched Greater Manchester’s age-friendly strategy and joined GreaterSport to celebrate the securing of £1m funding from Sport England to encourage older people to be more physically and socially active.
Why are women continuing to miss out on the benefits that sport and physical activity brings as they get older?
A new report from Women in Sport uses qualitative research to better understand women’s relationship with sport and physical activity in later life, exploring the experiences of women aged between 55-75, their attitudes towards ageing, their motivations and interests, as well as perceived barriers. The report includes practical recommendations for sports deliverers wanting to engage women of this age group more effectively in sport or physical activities.
Older People’s Mental Health
Older people worried about their mental health will be able to seek advice with new tailored resources published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.The resources are a vital crutch at a time when demand for mental health services is increasing whilst supply of the mental health workforce for older people is falling.
MindEdforFamilies has launched a suite of online materials, funded by NHSE, providing support for older people and their families when they are concerned about mental health and well-being, either their own or other family members. The site explains a range of mental illnesses commonly experienced by older people, and offers practical advice for dealing with them.
Finding a trustworthy tradesperson
Older people may be particularly vulnerable when seeking to engage a tradesperson to do work around their home.