Celebrating Older People’s Day and our first Ageing Well summit

Doing the right thing is supporting people to live healthier, more active and independent lives for as long as possible and was top of the agenda this week at our first Ageing Well summit.

With a growing ageing population in the county, it was a good time to pull together our partners to look at what action needs to be taken to make sure more people enjoy a healthier old age.

It’s great news that we are living longer and older people make an enormous contribution to society.  There are lots of factors which help keep people well and active including good housing, employment, and healthier lifestyles and we need to work together to get this right.  People can find out more about the findings and recommendations in the public health report.

This Thursday was also Older People’s Day and as part of the celebrations we took to the streets with a video camera to ask people exactly what age they consider to be “old”.  We got some interesting comments and results back, mainly depending on the ages of the people questioned. It cheered me up at my age!

People used to see 60 as perhaps old, but today this couldn’t be further from the truth and together we want to support people to get the most from their later years.  You can watch the video and the results might surprise you.

The county council covers a wide range of responsibilities, so from people to transport now – we all know good transport links to the county are good for both residents and for business so news of a £1.8 billion government investment to be spent on road improvements in the region is welcomed.

A new link road connecting the M54, M6 and the M6 Toll will be built. A bigger M6 Junction 10 and a new Smart Motorway between M6 junctions 13 and 15 will also be part of the road improvement scheme.  Plans also include replacing roundabouts on the A50 Uttoxeter and improvements will be made to the A38 Derby junctions.

The schemes will be a huge boost for Staffordshire, making us a better connected county than ever before.  Not only will the investment help boost connectivity, but will ease congestion, cut journey times and improve safety on some of our busiest roads.  Across the West Midlands, Highways England will also spend around £600m on the maintenance of its motorways and trunk roads which is also welcome news.

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