The scale of demographic change over the next 25 years is dramatic and has never been seen on this scale before. There will be a 65 per cent increase in the number of over 65 year olds and for the first time in history older people will outnumber the number of children under 5 years old. This requires all communities, but especially cities, to take steps to become more ‘age firendly’.
Guy Robertson from Positive Ageing Associates was commissioned to write the Local Government Association’s national advice to councils on how they can become more age friendly. The report Ageing: The silver lining. The opportunities and challenges of an ageing society for local government is available here. The Executive Summary is available here.
Reflecting on the work that Guy carried out, Abigail Gallop, Senior Adviser – Community Wellbeing with the LGA said “The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned Guy to provide us with an overview of the opportunities and challenges that an ageing population poses for local government. This involved much stakeholder work and engagement with councillors. Guy’s conclusions that there is a net positive contribution to the economy and society from an ageing population resonated with our members, and we are using his report to shape our ongoing work regarding older people, social care and the impact of changing demographics on councils. Most importantly, his work has influenced LGA communications and policy development. Guy was able to bring together into a single, weighty, report a wide range of complex issues, demonstrating his knowledge and experience in this area. He was timely and professional to work with, and presses home the need to change the public, public sector, private sector and government perception of ageing.”
Age Friendly Cities of the Future
Guy has spoken at the Bristol Festival of Ideas session on Future Cities and how to make them more age friendly. See a 6min video of his presentation and those of other contributors here.