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Ageing well in Flintshire

Published: 12/11/2015

It is widely recognised that people are living longer. Launched in October 2014, ‘Ageing Well in Wales’ is a five-year partnership of national and local government and major public and third sector agencies in Wales whose aim is to ensure an improvement in the wellbeing of people aged 50+. The ‘Ageing Well in Flintshire’ plan identifies key actions in each of the five priority areas defined in the ‘Ageing Well in Wales’ programme that will support older people to maintain their wellbeing and independence, these being: · Age-Friendly Communities · Falls Prevention · Dementia Supportive Communities · Opportunities for Learning and Employment · Loneliness and Isolation Whilst there is much to be celebrated, increasing age is linked to increases in long-term health issues that can have a major impact on people’s lives and will significantly impact on future demand for both health and social care services. Ensuring that people have the means to age well and maintain their independence will not only ease demands on services, but also safeguard their well-being longer-term. Well-being can only be assured through such things as continued learning, leisure opportunities, good transport links and accessible facilities in the local community. Working collaboratively with partners to ensure these services and facilities are sustainable in the long term will ensure that not only is Flintshire a ‘great place to grow older’, but because we want to create opportunities across the life course, it is also a ‘great place to grow up.’ Cllr. Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services said, “As well as living longer, older people quite rightly expect to continue to live fulfilled lives and to make positive contributions to their families and communities. As a society, we all benefit significantly from those contributions and the ‘Ageing Well in Flintshire Action Plan’ is a major step forward to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to “age well”. “I would also like to acknowledge the significant contributions and commitment of our partners who are pivotal to the Plan’s purpose – to improve the wellbeing of people aged 50+ in Flintshire.” The ‘Ageing Well in Flintshire’ plan is to be considered by the Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, 17 November.