Living Well In Later Life: Event Outputs

LWLL & LWF conferences infographicThe Living Well in Later Life event, held at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on the 26th of October brought together the colleagues from across the health and social care sector to discuss issues surrounding a person’s later life.

Hear from Angiolina Foster, Chief Executive at Healthcare Improvement Scotland and Ruth Glassborow, Director of Safety and Improvement on why it’s important that we support older people to live well in later life.

The day comprised morning and afternoon plenaries, as well as eight breakout sessions ranging from ‘What works in reducing social isolation – and how can we enable more of this?’ to ‘Focus on Dementia – home is where the heart is’. A comprehensive overview of each of the sessions is available below.

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A Conversation With The Scottish Older People’s Assembly

For the Living well in Later Life conference we invited our friends from the Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) to talk to us about the issues facing older people in Scotland during Plenary session two – Celebrating later life.

What ensued was a lively conversation with Rob Snodgrass, Val Bissland, Tom Burney and Helen Biggins. Each question asked was answered fully and frankly by the panel leaving us with no doubt as to the strong voice SOPA provides to the health and social care conversation in Scotland.

Throughout the session Anne Gallagher shared two poems she’d written for the occasion with us and Rob, Val, Tom and Helen all spoke to camera to answer the question – What are the biggest challenges facing older people? Watch the video of their responses here.

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Living Well In Later Life

What sorts of things come to your mind when you read the phrase ‘Living well in later life’? How can quality improvement help achieve this and why is the QI community across health and social care getting involved?

Surely how one lives, is not something that anyone other than the individual can control? Living well is about making your own decisions, about exercising choice. So why, one might ask are the health and social care organisations developing a programme that seeks to focus attention on this?

In a nutshell, what we are trying to do, through a series of projects is to empower older people and their loved ones to make decisions about how to live well in later life and provide guidance to help them navigate through the maze of choice of care solutions so that informed decisions about how one wishes to live well can be reached.

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