Older people are healthier and are living longer

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Older people are healthier and are living longer according to a report launched by the Prime Minister.

The report, Better Health in Old Age, was written by Professor Ian Philip, National Director for Older People’s Health. It finds that;

Older people are healthier and more active than ever; They are more likely to stop smoking and to take advantage of health screening and immunisation; Services for older people are improving.

Speaking at the launch in Wandsworth, Mr Blair said;

“This is an encouraging report which shows that improved services are helping older people recover from falls and strokes more quickly.

“People are no longer stuck in hospital for weeks after an operation and this means that their quality of life is being improved. “

The Prime Minister was with Health Secretary John Reid as they attended a “Keep On Moving” class for older people.

John Reid said of the report:

“This progress report demonstrates older people recognise its never too late to look after your health.”

In the report Professor Philip also warned that services must continue to improve and expand to meet the needs of an increasingly aging population.

The Prime Minister added;

“The challenge for the future is to make sure services enable older people to stay safe and well at home."


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