Public health and ageing

By 2030, 1 in 5 people in England will be over 65.  Over 40% of this age group have a limiting long-term health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, cancer, arthritis or dementia. Many of these conditions are linked to lifestyle and modifiable behaviours. Declines in mortality have not been matched by declines in morbidity. Marked inequalities remain between the least deprived and the most deprived areas. 

The public health agenda aims to improve the health of our population, to enable more years spent in good health. This will help to reduce health inequalities across different social groups and reduce the growing financial pressure on our health and social care services.