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  • 1. Paul McGarry Senior Strategy Manager Public Health Manchester February 2011 A Great Place to Grow Older
  • 2.
    • Outline challenges for ageing in disadvantaged urban areas
    • The Manchester story
    • Opportunities for taking the ageing agenda forward
  • 3. A tough patch
    • Population 450,000
    • Greater Manchester: ten authorities, pop: 2.6 million
    • Unusual older population: result of cohort migration/economic decline in 70/80s
    • Second lowest male life expectancy in England
    • High levels of pensioner poverty, ill-health and disability
    • Vibrant public, community and private sectors
  • 4. Manchester demographics
  • 5. Ageing in the city
    • “ Some councils will see an outward migration of affluent people in their 50s and 60s who choose to leave the cities…..the remaining older population…tends to be….poorer, isolated and more vulnerable with a lower life expectancy and a need for acute interventions”
    • Audit Commission 2008
    “ Population ageing and urbanisation have in their different ways become the key social trends of the twenty-first century.” Phillipson 2010 “ I just in this flat staring at the television or the walls. You get to a point where you think I can’t cope: I mean you think what’s the point being stuck in this flat day in day out.” Female, 51, West Gorton
  • 6.
    • “ There is emerging evidence that urban environments may place older people at a heightened risk of isolation and loneliness.”
    • Changes in which urban spaces are developed to meet the needs of younger consumers;
    • Older people’s social well-being is prone to changes in population . The loss of family members, friends and neighbours has implications for the maintenance of stable social relationships.
    • Older people are affected by changes linked to social issues , such as changes in services and levels of crime.”
    • Scharf/Gierveld 2008
    Ageing in the city
  • 7. Inequalities in later life: Mean walking speed and wealth, people aged 60+ English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  • 8. English Longitudinal Study of Ageing Men Women Inequalities in later life: Depression and wealth
  • 9. About VOP
    • Launched in 2003
    • Team based in Joint Health Unit
      • Strategy development
      • Research and policy
      • Programme Management
      • Engagement and partnerships
    • Improve quality of life Manchester Ageing Strategy
    • Age-friendly city programme
  • 10. Features of the Manchester approach
    • Older people as citizens and peers
    • Central resource
    • Political and senior officer support
    • Strong communication strategy
    • Partnerships across sectors
    • Community-based initiatives
  • 11. Mainstreaming ageing
    • The core trinity; crime, transport and physical environment
    • Neighbourhood regeneration
    • Culture and learning opportunities
    • Housing and housing support projects
    • Road safety
  • 12. Mainstreaming ageing
    • Low-level preventive services
    • Mid-life focus
      • Health checks
      • Employment
    • Public health
      • Free swimming and physical activity
      • Alcohol; sexual health
    • Financial Inclusion campaigns
  • 13. Working with older people
    • “ On your side”
    • VOP Board
    • VOP Forum
    • Task groups
    • Participation Fund
    • Small grants
    • Full of Life Festival
  • 14. Positive Images campaign
    • “ Promote a positive attitude towards ageing, to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and to challenge negative stereotypes of older people.”
    • Calendar
    • Billboards
    • Newspaper
    • Full of Life festival
  • 15. Working locally - the VOP Networks
    • Key activities
      • Information and consultation
      • Informing commissioning
      • Coordination
      • Developing activities
  • 16. Generations Together programme
    • National programme of demonstrator projects
    • 13 projects
      • Places and spaces
      • Families
      • Health and wellbeing
      • Skills and learning
  • 17. Policy, learning and research
    • Academic partnerships
      • New Dynamics of Ageing: Call-Me
      • MICRA
      • Age Debate
      • Sharing the City
      • Advisory Board
    • Research
      • Employment
      • Ageing and ethnicity
      • Ageing in cities
  • 18.  
  • 19.  
  • 20. Looking forward
    • Launch of age-friendly city programme
    • Research bids
    • Volunteering and cultural programmes
    • Mid-life approaches
    • New public health arrangements
  • 21. Thanks….
    • [email_address]
    • www.manchester.gov.uk/vop