Live Longer Better
- Live Longer Better is a national network of Active Partnerships, led by Sir Muir Gray and managed by the Active Partnerships National Team
- Network objectives strive to develop a new culture:
- From care to enablement, using physical activity as the driver to increase healthspan for older adults
- To enable people to live longer better
- To reduce the need for health and social care
- The network is a Community of Practice and Learning: sharing a common concern, examples of projects, exploring ideas and building understanding of enabling an active ageing local community
- Striving to deliver change through building networks; challenging stereotypes, negative language and culture; and creating new opportunities to increase activity and improve wellbeing
Why is Live Longer Better important?
People aged 65 and over will increase by almost 5 million (40%) over the next 20 years from 12.2 million currently:
- 19% of the UK population was aged 65 or over in 2019; an increase by 23% between 2009 and 2019, (whole UK pop. only increased by 7%).
By 2043 people aged……
- 65+ will make up 24% of the population (17.4m people)
- 75+ is projected to rise from 8% in 2018 to 13% in 2043
- 85+ is projected to rise from 2% to 4%.
- Frailty is a distinctive health state related to the ageing process in which multiple body systems gradually lose their in-built reserves. Around 10% of people aged over 65 years have frailty, rising to between a quarter and a half of those aged over 85 years.3
- Frailty is generally characterised by issues like reduced muscle strength and fatigue (it is not the same as living with a LTC).
- Around 10% of people aged over 65 live with frailty. This figure rises to between 25% and a 50% for those aged over 85
- By 2035 there will be higher proportions of people aged 65+ with multiple chronic conditions
- Multimorbidity is common: 62% in over 65s and 81% in over 85s
- Those with 4+ conditions will double by 2032
- Estimation of global prevalence of dementia in 2019 – forecasted prevalence 2050: increase from 57.4m cases in 2019, to 152.8m cases in 2050⁴.
- In the UK, predict a 75% increase in dementia⁴.
The focus needs to extend beyond an ageing society towards a longevity society with an increased focus on healthy life expectancy which requires a shift from intervention towards preventive health⁵