“The idea that 59 is old belongs in the past. We need to challenge our perceptions of what ‘old age’ actually means…It is no longer the time where people are sitting back and enjoying the ‘twilight’ of their lives, instead it is often a time for new choices and new opportunities …
— Pensions Minister, 17th May 2011
“By 2050, Britain will have to spend £80 billion per year above what it does now on pensions, long-term elderly care and the NHS…The cost of Britain’s ageing population will be 10 times more expensive than the financial crisis.”
— OECD, 23rd May 2011
|Title:||Caring for our Future: Supporting Active Ageing in the UK|
|Date:||Tuesday 17th April 2012|
|Time:||10.00am – 4:30pm|
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|Brian Keating, National Project Manager for the Ageing Well Programme, Department for Work and Pensions|
|Caroline Abrahams, Director of External Affairs, Age UK|
Life expectancy has been growing steadily for over half a century and the UK has now reached a point where there are more people over State Pension age than there are children. People are living longer and healthier lives. In 1982, 30% of people were over the age of 50; in 2009 it was 34%, and by 2026 it will be 40%. With 17 million births recorded in Britain during 1946-64, this ‘baby-boom’ generation is now reaching retirement age and is set to have a dramatic effect on the society and economy of Britain. There are currently four people of working age supporting each pensioner in Britain; by 2050 this number is expected to fall to just two.
As the population ages, the cost of age-related health conditions will inevitably rise. In the next 30 years, the number of people with dementia in the UK will double to 1.4 million, while costs could treble to over £50 billion a year. With the elderly becoming the fastest growing age group in Britain, increasing pressure is being placed on healthcare and social care services.
But the population is changing in positive ways too, economically active pensioners were 3% of the workforce in 1992, but were 5% in 2009. According to Department for Work and Pensions figures; by 2030, people over 50 will comprise almost a third of the workforce and almost half of the adult population. An increasingly older population doesn’t just represent a cost to the public sector – it also provides an opportunity to make the most of older people’s contributions to the community. Recognising this very important objective, the European Commission has designated 2012 as the ‘European Year for Active Ageing’.
With the demographics of society changing, the UK Government launched Caring for our future: Shared ambitions for care and support (September 2011) to ensure the care and support system is sustainable for the long term. Furthermore, a subsequent Social Care Reform White Paper (expected April 2012) will build on A Vision for Adult Social Care: Capable Communities and Active Citizens (November 2010) setting out principles for a modern system of care and support.
As the two-year Ageing Well Programme comes to an end in April 2012, this timely symposium provides a key platform to assess how effective the programme has been in supporting local authorities to improve their services for older people. Delegates will have the opportunity to raise awareness of active ageing and stimulate debate to improve the vitality of older people, enhancing their involvement in society and encouraging inter-generational work.
|09:30||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
|10:15||Chair’s Welcome and Introduction|
Panel Session One:
Caring for Our Future – The National Framework
|11:15||Morning Coffee Break|
|11:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One|
Panel Session Two:
Age Active, Age Well – The Next Steps towards Integrating an Older Population
|14:15||Afternoon Coffee Break|
|14:30||Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments|