In line with the Government's Grand Challenge, our call on Healthy Ageing is looking for any innovation that has the potential to help our ageing population to live independent, fulfilled lives, and continue to contribute to society
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Our local health partners have identified Healthy Ageing as a priority for innovations, and to ease the pressures on hospital emergency services. We are looking for any innovations that will assist our ageing populations to live healthier, longer lives, whilst enabling them to continue to contribute to society. Possible innovation areas are managing common complaints of ageing, living well with cognitive impairment and sustaining physical activity.
As a society we are living longer - a child born today can expect to live to 100 years - but now we must seize the opportunity to improve the quality of lives lived longer. With an increasingly ageing population we must transform the way we think about our work, our housing, our health, our finances and our communities.
- Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care
How can innovation help?
Innovation will help people live healthier, longer lives in their own homes, tackle loneliness and increase long term independence and wellbeing while enabling them to contribute to society as long as they possibly can. There are an estimated 850,000 patients living with dementia in the UK, and helping them to self-manage their condition will significantly reduce pressures on the health service, and improve the patient’s sense of wellbeing.
Desired Impact & Outcomes
We hope to help to develop and implement innovations that will ease the burden on the health and social systems of our ageing population, enabling people to live longer and healthier lives.