Making Leeds the Best City to Grow Old in

Zoe Limbert

Ahead of our Active Ageing in a smart city event, part of Leeds Digital Festival 2017, Mick Ward shares how Leeds is aiming to be the best city to grow old in:

The event on Active Ageing in a smart city as part of Leeds Digital festival will introduce the Activage project which considers digital solutions for improved health and wellbeing. My passion for this topic is driven by my knowledge that older and disabled people are often the most excluded from the digital world, and yet could be the groups with the most to gain.
This goes across a range of digital solutions, from the use of Big Data, to Applications, to the Internet of Things.
In my role as lead officer for our ambition to ‘Make Leeds the Best City to Grow Old in’ I am working with colleagues to: keep people healthy; tackle loneliness; reduce falls, improve transport, housing and information, employment opportunities; and to ensure older people are treated with respect and dignity. The innovations that can be developed through the Activage project will support many of these ambitions.
I believe that Leeds has the potential to lead on this work across the UK and within Europe, not just through our ambition to be a digital city, nor our joined up approach to health and social care, but because we will do this together with older people – ensuring that older people are at the heart of the design, development, evaluation and leadership of the technology and of the whole programme.
Mick Ward, Deputy Director Integrated Commissioning of Adult Social Care at Leeds City Council & NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups

The Active Ageing in a Smart City event is taking place on 26th April 2017 at 1.30pm – 4.00pm at Leeds Beckett University. For more information and to book you place click here.

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