The aim of Live Longer Better is to reduce disability, dementia and frailty, by enabling increased activity – this includes physical but also cognitive and emotional activity too.
Our Living Longer Better programme is based on the evidence that ageing by itself is not a cause of major problems until the nineties. The problem is due to
- loss of fitness
- Disease, complicated by accelerated by loss of fitness, and
- Negative thinking
The number of people over 80 is going to increase significantly in the next 10 years with little increase in healthy life expectancy in prospect. This has huge implications for health and social care services. It doesn’t have to be this way. The evidence is strong that the incidence of the major causes of disability and dependency can be prevented or delayed, compressing the period at the end of life when we are heavily dependent on others.
Mission and goals
The Live Longer Better programme has three aims.
The first is to increase activity (physical, cognitive and emotional) which will:
- Help people feel and function better, this year
- Prevent or delay the onset of dementia, disability and frailty
- Focus on the three Rs: regain what they lost during lockdown, recover the strength stamina and suppleness they have lost in the last decade, and recondition the body that disease and inappropriate activity has de-conditioned.
The second is to increase healthy life expectancy and compress the period of dependency.
The third is to reduce the need for health and social care because a person with greater strength, stamina, skill and suppleness has greater resilience and is less likely to need acute care.