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Helping people age well in Hampshire

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hampshire County Council and its partners are seeking views on what is important to enable older people to remain living independently in their own homes, with a positive quality of life.

Views and ideas received as part of the listening exercise currently underway will help set the priorities in the next 'Ageing Well in Hampshire' strategy to be published April 2014.

The strategy aims to improve the wellbeing of older residents by addressing their key issues, for example - access to the right information at the right time, especially around finance and benefits, being able to get out and about, join in social activities in their local community and find local exercise classes.

The refreshed strategy will form a key part of the Council's overarching Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the county, designed to enable people to age well, and builds on the successful partnerships and initiatives that have been already been put in place to improve the wellbeing of older residents. These include the Better Balance for Life project, which provides older people with exercise ideas and classes to improve their balance and prevent falls. Another popular initiative is hitting the cold spots, which gives advice to people on how to stay warm in winter and reduce energy bills.

People and organisations can tell the County Council their views by:

1. Going to the website to complete the on-line questionnaire

2. Download copies of the A4 questionnaire to share with others and then return via the freepost address provided

3. Request paper copies of the questionnaire by emailing wellbeing@hants.gov.uk or phoning 01962 847982

The closing date is 2 December.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Cllr Liz Fairhurst, said: "With an increasing ageing population it is essential we offer the right advice, support and services to help older residents remain independent, enhance their quality of life and reduce or delay the need to use long term social care or health services.

"Hampshire County Council's Older People's Well-Being Team supports the 84% of older people in Hampshire who are not intensively using health and social care services. It is vital that their work is guided by what older residents and groups who work closely with them feel is important. This is why we are asking people to let us know what their priorities and concerns are so we can shape our strategy around them."

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