Healthy Ageing and Prevention: A whole systems approach
PHE ePoster Library. Mavrodaris A. 09/13/16; 138151; 146
Dr. Angelique Mavrodaris
Dr. Angelique Mavrodaris
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Abstract Background: Systems of care for older people need to change to ensure healthy active life, compress morbidity and reduce demand for services. We aimed to develop a system-wide preventative approach to healthy ageing by facilitating the integration and join-up of partners in prevention across organisations.Methods: Evidence reviews were conducted to inform preventative approach in response to local analysis and assessments of need. Stakeholder workshops led by Public Health were held to align system leadership and identify key focus areas and priorities.Results: Key priority areas identified included: falls prevention, dementia risk reduction, community-based interventions for the prevention of urinary tract infections and social isolation. Current research evidence formed the foundation for the development of an integrated framework addressing each priority area from lifestyle/community-based interventions to acute settings. A specific focus on methods required to influence behaviour change, with approaches tailored to those facing greatest inequality, was developed. All programmes of work currently contributing to the scope of prevention across health, care and local authorities were mapped and Prevention Strategy for Older People, embedding cross-sectoral preventative approaches across the system was co-produced. Conclusion: It is possible to construct an evidence-based, whole-system preventative strategy for older people which has the potential to change the trajectory of ageing towards extending healthy active life and promoting independence. Action is needed on a number of fronts; and needs to be coordinated, sequenced and joined-up. Strategic engagement with multi-agency partners and organisations is fundamental to embed and drive the preventative agenda across sectors.
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