How can older people play a bigger role in society?
Sarah Johnson | The Guardian | 30 March 2015
PA Consulting Group’s Gemma Heath, an adult social care expert, is quoted in an article in The Guardian. The article summarises the main points from a Guardian discussion on how to make the best use of older people’s skills, knowledge and experience.
Commenting on what people worry about as they grow older, Gemma says: “I think broadly the things people worry about are the same throughout life – finances, wellbeing, loneliness etc – but as people get older their feeling of being able to control these things changes.”
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Gemma goes on to share her views on what role older people play in society at the moment: “Older people contribute on a macro level to the workplace and financially and at a local level to their communities and individual networks in terms of experience. They have also contributed for many decades which is something which is often forgotten.”
Finally, Gemma talks about whether the environment is geared towards or against older people taking part in their communities: “I would extend the “environment” to include people’s homes. How are we ensuring that people’s homes are adequate for them to remain independent and happy in? Local authorities should review their funding policies to ensure home solutions such as telecare and assistive technology are free to all with substantial need. This supports a reduction in demand on other healthcare services for example A&E departments when issues arise.”
You can read the full discussion here.