Lucy Harmer, Director of Services, Independent Age
Kate Jopling, Director of Programmes - Interim, International Longevity Centre UK
Dr Mohan Sekeram, GP Lead for Social Prescribing, Merton CCG
Dr Alex Bailey, Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Westminster Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust and Chair, Specialty Advisory Committee, Old Age Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Siân Brand, Programme Manager, Connect Well; Social Prescribing in Mid Essex & Connected Kingston, Royal Borough of Kingston
Angela Ratcliffe, Communications Team Convenor, Older Women’s Co-Housing
Sophie Andrews OBE, Chief Executive, The Silver Line
Mai Stafford, Principal Data Analyst, The Health Foundation
Samantha Mauger, Chief Executive, The University of the Third Age
Gareth Lyon, Head of Policy and Communications, Associated Retirement Community Operators
Emil Hewage, Co-Founder and CEO, BIOS
Lydia Nicholas, Programme Manager, doteveryone
Dr Alessandro Di Nuovo, Reader in Computational Intelligence and Robotics, Sheffield Hallam University
James Richardson, Research Manager, Good Things Foundation
Joe Barrell, Executive Director, Eden Stanley
According to Age UK, around 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible, and organisations and services are increasingly having to adapt to this problem.
As the demand for older people’s services is growing rapidly with an ever-increasing ageing population, ensuring the health and wellbeing of older people is more important than ever. It is imperative that we identify areas to improve and implement sustainable solutions.
Westminster Insight’s one day conference will offer you unique insights from policy makers and service providers who are implementing strategies to improve older people’s quality of life and wellbeing. We will explore government strategies for reducing social isolation and poor mental health in older people and review the effectiveness of interventions aimed at combatting loneliness and reducing social isolation, including social prescribing and befriending schemes. You will hear a case study of co-housing in later life, and how retirement communities’ strategies are improving the experiences of older people in public sector housing.
Join colleagues from health, social care, housing and the voluntary and community sector to explore the changing landscape of older people’s services and how you can adapt to be at the forefront of providing improved and sustainable services to support and improve the wellbeing and social inclusion of our elderly population.