Chris White MP

MP for Warwick & Leamington

27 JAN 2017

Age UK Warwickshire

On Wednesday, I met with representatives of Age UK Warwickshire to discuss some of the challenges facing our older generation. With advances in health care and better quality of life in the modern day, people are living longer than ever before, placing greater demands on our public services and the social care system.

26% of the Warwickshire population is above the age of 60 and this figure continues to rise. It is all the more important to consider how we support the older people, whether through healthcare, providing suitable homes or promoting various activities and other opportunities to engage with the community.

Of course, we must identify the challenges before addressing them. Our provision of suitable housing is vital, not least due to the number of falls increasing by 25%. Our action on dementia must be cross-party on a national level and across various organisations locally, particularly as we have seen an 18% rise in the condition in Warwickshire.

Age UK helps older people live happier and healthier lives, offering help and advice where necessary. Their dedicated volunteers are a huge credit to the organisation and our community would be the poorer without them. I am keen that our network of healthcare services and voluntary organisations are working together as effectively as possible in the interests of local people. In the meeting on Wednesday, I reaffirmed my commitment to their objectives.

We must work hard to ensure that no older person has to suffer from loneliness or long-term conditions without the necessary support. I wholeheartedly support Age UK for their invaluable contribution to our community.

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