For too many people, later life is seen as a time of reduced mobility and disability. This is a burden on both the individual and our health and social care systems.
Health as we age is fundamental to our quality of life, allowing us to remain independent, to work or be involved in our local community and maintain social connections. While people are living longer, the number of years lived in poor health and with disability are increasing.
Our aim is for more people to reach later life in good health and free of disability by:
Persistent and coordinated actions by a wide range of actors nationally
Changes to structural and environmental factors influencing health locally
Effective interventions to influence individuals to adopt healthy behaviours