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Promoting Active and Healthy Ageing

28 Medi 2010

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Healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and academics working in the field of ageing will be gathering at a one-day conference in Cardiff on Thursday, 30 September to mark the United Nations International Day of Older People.

Hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, the Promoting Active and Healthy Ageing conference will bring together health and social care practitioners, policy makers and world-leading academics to discuss how to promote active and healthy ageing.

The one-day conference will be chaired by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at the School of Medicine and Chair of Public Health Wales. It will be introduced by Ruth Marks, the Commissioner for Older People in Wales.

Featuring some of Wales’ leading academics in the field of ageing, the event will cover such issues as premature ageing diseases, patient and caring issues, dignity and care and the future shape of ageing cities. Delegates will also have the opportunity to contribute to the discussions and debates on innovative ways to promote active and healthy ageing.

Professor Peter Elwood, Honorary Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, said: "With the world getting older and populations in most countries ageing how we manage care of older people and promote healthy ageing particularly in these challenging economic times is becoming even more critical.

"Research today is putting increasing focus on ageing, rather than on the chronic diseases of the elderly and this is an opportunity to hear from some of the people driving the healthy ageing agenda."

The event will also be used to launch the Cardiff University Ageing, Science and Older Person Network, a local forum for interdisciplinary research, which brings together scientists, gerontologists and sociologists of science and medicine to explore how ageing science interrelates to the quality of life of older people.

To conclude the day one of Wales’ role models on active and healthy ageing, the Right Honourable Rhodri Morgan AM will be giving a public lecture at Cardiff University’s Julian Hodge Building from 7.30pm.

The International Day of the Older Person is a United Nations initiative that provides an opportunity for local communities to come together to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution older people make to society.