Later life quality plans for Leeds

A new partnership has been announced by Leeds City Council to tackle the challenges and create further opportunities for older residents.

Leeds City Council, Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and the Centre for Ageing Better will build on Leeds’s existing commitment to being an ‘Age-friendly City’, and will create a better later life for older residents, by helping to tackle social and health inequalities.

The partnership will also focus on piloting innovative ways to respond to ageing-related issues experienced by residents, and will focus on the areas of transport, community action and housing. This includes boosting volunteering and community activity amongst those aged 50 and over and supporting ways to support elderly residents to live independently and well in their homes.

Rebecca Charlwood, executive member of Health, Wellbeing and Adults, said: “Leeds city has a long track record in supporting a better later life for its residents, something this partnership will build on as part of our ambition to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. Older people currently provide informal volunteer services to their community saving millions of pounds each year. That figure is predicted to grow as our older population increases and this partnership can help harness the goodwill, ambition and community strengths we have to make lives better for the older people of Leeds.”