Healthy Ageing: The Grand Challenge

  • Tuesday, 19 March 2019
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:45
  • Overview

The current UK population is at its largest ever, at 65.6 million and is predicted to continue to grow, reaching 74 million by 2039. Currently, in some regions, one in three of the population is over 65 and an increase in the overall population will undoubtedly see an equivalent increase in elderly people. The number of over 85s is set to double, with an increase of 1.5 million by 2035. This age group is the fastest growing demographic in the UK.
Unfortunately, whilst improved life expectancy is to be celebrated, many elderly people will not live longer lives in good health. The risks of developing multiple long-term conditions, requiring complex care and treatment, are significantly increased in later life.

As part of the government’s industrial strategy grand challenge on Ageing Society, funding has been allocated to a ‘healthy ageing’ strategy to promote improved physical and mental health in older people

The Healthy Ageing-The Grand Challenge conference will discuss

  • The current health needs of the UK's older population and how demand is set to increase in the future
  • How to promote better health in later life and manage long-term conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular vascular and respiratory diseases, cancer, mental health and dementia
  • Healthy Ageing, as part of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge and how funding is to promote better health and economic benefits

Open Forum Events invite all stakeholders, involved with the health of the nation, to join us for a day of informative and expert narrative. The conference agenda, featuring the very latest updates and developments, is designed to support delegates in their work and promote healthier later lives.

Life expectancy has been increasing and there has over the years been a demographic shift to an older population. The number of people over the age of 75 is currently 1 in 12. This is expected to rise to 1 in 7 by 2040. It is also predicted that a third of children born today will live to 100.
A significant rise in the number of elderly people requires new considerations across all of society, however, health and social care provision is an area of particular focus. Health is fundamental to the quality of life we experience. Being fit, healthy and happy all contribute towards the capacity to remain in our own homes and lead independent lives, be less reliant on medical and social care intervention, continue to work and engage with the community.

As part of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge, the UK government aims to ensure the UK leads the world in healthy ageing. As the risk of frailty and ill health increases with age, £98 million has been invested into a ‘healthy ageing programme’ This funding will be utilised to tackle the existing and emerging healthcare challenges associated with an older population. The programme supports the development of new products and services to improve health and wellbeing, tackle loneliness and enable independent living. Other than improving lives, this initiative is seen as a significant contributor to economic growth and prosperity.

In addition, £40m has been invested into the UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI), which brings together 350 leading scientists researching new treatments to improve the lives of those living with or affected by dementia, both now and in the future.

The Healthy Ageing-The Grand Challenge conference agenda will contain expert presentations, discussing the connections between health and later life plus the economic opportunities they present. Delegates will benefit from gaining a greater insight into the required adaptations in approach, products and services to support healthier later life in the communities in which they work.


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Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair’s Opening Address

  • Ruthe Isden, Head of Health and Care, Age UK (confirmed)
  • Elaine Rashbrook, Consultant Specialist, Life Course, Public Health England (confirmed)
"Health Promotion and Prevention"

How do we improve the health of the ageing population to enable everyone to enjoy their extended years in good health? This presentation will look at what needs to change at individual, community and societal level, and how we measure that change.

"Investing in New Technologies"

Enabling older people to live independently for longer is highly beneficial, not only for the individual and their families but for society in general. Utilising assistive technologies can enhance lives, relieve pressure on health and social care systems and boost the economy.


Main Sponsor

  • Stian Lavik, Director of International Markets, Motitech (confirmed)
"Turning People With Dementia Into Dedicated Athletes"

This is the story of how Motiview has proven to be a successful tool to help older people and people with dementia becoming more physically active. Why is there a need for a change of mindset in care? And why is the support team (staff) are crucial keys to succeed? Hear how Motiview has changed lives and how older people and people with dementia have turned into dedicated athletes


Keynote Address

"Supporting Healthier Older Lives"

As the population gets older and the risks of frailty and ill health increase there is a need to develop effective interventions to prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease and treatments that will support and increase in healthy life expectancy. This will also promote social and economic dividends.


Question and Answer Session


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study

"How Daily Contact with Older People can Unlock Powerful Preventative Actions, Reduce Loneliness and Save Money"

Technology can be a powerful tool in the support of older people, and when used to improve daily contact with specially trained human beings, instead of replacing it - the results can be life and service changing. In this talk you'll learn about several ways you can improve outcomes for older people and your services by putting daily contact at the heart of what you do.

  • Reinhard Guss, Dementia Workstream Lead, British Psychological Society, Faculty of the Psychology of Older People (confirmed)
"Living well with Dementia? – Fears, realities and inspirational examples."

In the over-50s the greatest health related fear is to develop Dementia, now the most frequently recorded cause of death, and with an estimated 850.000 people with the condition living in the UK. The 2011 National Dementia Strategy set out aspirations for the UK to become the best country in the world to be living with Dementia. While living with dementia clearly remains a major life challenge, services, interventions and inspirational examples of people enjoying a good quality of life with Dementia for many years are increasingly available. Key psychological and psychosocial interventions are explained and reviewed here that assist with remaining active and engaged despite living with dementia.

  • John Craig, Chief Executive, Care City (confirmed)
"Closing the Digital Divide – for staff and the people they support"

A look across Care City’s work as a Test Bed, which is seeking to transform how we find, treat and manage long-term conditions, by empowering support staff across health and care with the latest digital technology.


Case Study

Gurch Randhawa PhD FFPH DL, Professor of Diversity in Public Health & Director, Institute for Health Research
University of Bedfordshire (confirmed)

"The Role of Robotics in Improving the Health of the Ageing Population "

Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

  • Angela Rippon CBE, Ambassador for Silver Swans, Royal Academy of Dance (confirmed)
  • Sarah Platt, Freelance Dance and Ballet Teacher - Lifelong Wellbeing and SIlver Swans, Royal Academy of Dance (confirmed)
"Silver Swans®: Specialised Ballet Classes for Older Learners"

In response to the well documented health benefits of dance, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) developed Silver Swans: specially designed ballet classes for older learners to help improve mobility, posture, co-ordination and energy levels. Silver Swans has the additional benefit of creating a social community to combat loneliness that this demographic can experience.
Hear from Silver Swans Ambassador Angela Rippon CBE and RAD Registered Teacher Sarah Platt about the impact Silver Swans has had since its international launch in 2017.


Case Study

"Reducing Falls and Injuries in Patients and the Elderly"

Patient falls in the NHS costs the health service £2.3bn and over 4m beds each year. A third of people aged 65-and-over fall at least once a year and falls are the most common cause of death from injury in over 65's. Patient falls are the number one precipitating factor for a person losing independence and going into long term care. A first fall can set in motion a downward spiral - people may develop a fear of falling which, in turn, can lead to more inactivity, loss of strength and a greater risk of further falls.

Christian will introduce delegates to Guardian Sentry; a completely new way of caring for patients that embraces two elements of the NHS long term plan - digital innovation and preventative care. Guardian Sentry is not an analogue system, instead it utilises digital technology - the system will sense when a patient is beginning to move and will alarm any staff nearby of an impending fall prompt. This means you do not get an alarm when the patient has fallen, like some other systems on the market. The Guardian Sentry system is designed to give you a preemptive early warning for an impending fall prompt.


Case Study


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Sarah Waller CBE, Associate Specialist, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester (confirmed)
"Why does dementia design matter? "

From hospital to home the positive influence of good design for people living with dementia. Drawing on current practice to demonstrate how small scale environmental changes can really make a difference to care.

  • Alison Keizer, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Dementia Lead (confirmed)
"Improving Outcomes for People with Dementia During a Hospital Stay"

People living with dementia experience vastly worse outcomes than those without a cognitive impairment when admitted to hospital. This can lead to poorer outcomes, therefore, Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust is improving the stay for people with dementia in different therapeutic ways, which include the use of live musicians.



Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Benefits of attending

  • Gain a greater understanding of the health issues facing an ageing population
  • Hear how the Ageing Society Grand Challenge is supporting a healthy ageing strategy
  • Discover how lifetime prevention and health promotion campaigns can mitigate ill health in later life
  • Understand more about the role of technology in supporting better health and the positive influence it can have on the economy
  • Learn how poorer mental health and wellbeing presents itself in older people and how it can be recognised and treated more effectively
  • Receive an update on how to manage long-term conditions in a more holistic and effectual manner, delivering better outcomes for patients
  • Become engrossed in an afternoon focusing on dementia with updates on the latest research, the role of design in creating dementia friendly situations and hear some examples of best practice
  • Listen to a line-up of expert speakers
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate the challenges and celebrate the opportunities
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain CPD credits
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who will attend

  • Care at Home Managers
  • Care Coordinators
  • Care Home Owners / Managers
  • Care Providers
  • Care Services Directors / Managers
  • Carers
  • Chairs
  • Chief Executives / Executive Directors
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups / General Practitioners
  • Clinical Directors / Managers
  • Clinical Leads/Directors and Specialists
  • Commissioning Directors / Managers
  • Community Health and Outreach Teams
  • Consultants
  • Councillors
  • Directors / Managers of Older Peoples' Services
  • Directors of Adult Social Services
  • Directors of End of Life Care / Palliative Care
  • Directors of Integrated Care
  • Directors/Heads of Policy and Strategy
  • Directors/Heads of Public Health
  • Gerontologists
  • Heads of Assisted and Independent Housing
  • Heads of Assistive Technology
  • Heads of Community Care Services
  • Heads of Long-term Conditions
  • Heads of Patient Services
  • Heads of Preventative Technology
  • Heads of Telecare / Telehealth
  • Heads of Wellbeing
  • Heads of Inclusion
  • Hospice Directors / Managers
  • Medical Directors
  • Mental Health Directors / Managers
  • Research Directors / Professors
  • Social Workers
  • Strategic Development Directors / Managers
  • Technology Leads