Ageing with Confidence in West Sussex

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West Sussex County Council’s Age with Confidence initiative will help in maintaining a good quality of life in the county, says Leader Louise Goldsmith.

Mrs Goldsmith was speaking as the Office for National Statistics recently revealed that West Sussex has one of the highest well-being levels in the south east.

Nearly 80 per cent of the population have reported medium to high levels of satisfaction with where they live and how they live.

A correspondingly low proportion of people in West Sussex have low levels of satisfaction with their living conditions in the county at 20 per cent, which is nearly four per cent less than the UK proportion of 24.1 per cent.

But with reduced resources and an ageing population, the county council says it needs to think differently as to how people can continue to live well into old age.

Among measures, it is helping people to prepare for older age by helping residents to plan for it financially through Carewise.

It is also working to ensure that services are in place to support a more independent elderly population in West Sussex.

This includes supporting early dementia diagnosis through Memory Assessment Clinics and encouraging more work in the local community.

Recently, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet welcomed the policy, Preparing for an Ageing Population, which will put some of this in to practice.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “The national well-being report from the Office for National Statistics shows what people living in West Sussex already know – that it is one of the nicest counties to live in.

“But we can’t afford to rest on our laurels and if people are to continue enjoying a high standard of well-being we must put in place the levers that will allow people to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.”