Author: Age Cymru
Published on 21 January 2013 04:30 PM
Health experts from across Wales are gathering in Swansea this Wednesday to look at active ageing and wellbeing.
Age Cymru’s Healthy Ageing Team is running the ‘Active Ageing and the Five Ways to Wellbeing’ conference at the city’s Village Hotel.
The charity’s Healthy Ageing Manager Claire Bottomley says:
“With 1 in 4 adults in Wales now aged 65 or over, and 1 in 3 adults in Wales set to be 65 or over in less than 20 years’ time, it is clear that the health and wellbeing of our ageing population is a priority.
“Ageing healthily – among other things, means leading full and active lives, contributing to society and maintaining our independence.
“This is why our conference will be looking in detail at the New Economics Foundation’s ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing‘ model which encourages individuals to take simple steps towards wellbeing.”
Guest speakers at the conference include Dr Ruth Hussey, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales; Bob Laventure from the British Heart Foundation and Dr Myanna Duncan from the New Dynamics of Ageing.
The conference will feature a question and answer session with the speakers and workshops on topics including physical activity for older people, and the Age Well Centre on Anglesey’s experiences of delivering healthy ageing projects for older people.
There will also be presentations about bringing younger and older people together in Caerphilly, befriending programmes in West Wales, and an innovative project engaging older men in social and practical activities to combat isolation and poor health called Men in Sheds.
Dr Bernadette Fuge, Chair of Age Cymru is chairing the conference.