How can we ensure healthier, happier lives?


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Ageing is a global phenomenon – our longer lives have a profound impact on society and our economy.  A girl born in the UK today has a 1 in 3 chance of living to 100. Given this profound trend, it’s time to radically rethink how we respond, at each stage in life, to the way that we we support our families and communities, as well as the way that we approach work, finances, health and care, and housing.
The Ageing Society Grand Challenge is about exploiting the opportunities, as well as addressing the challenges, that ageing presents. The government has already committed to action, with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund dedicating nearly £300m to bring the UK’s world-class research together with business to develop technologies and industries and make the UK the global leader in preparing for the ageing society. Success means living better as well as longer: being more connected, active, purposeful and healthy; getting the care and support we need when we need it and being in control of how this happens.
On 21 May 2018 the Prime Minister announced the first Ageing Society Grand Challenge mission: To ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, whilst narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.
These are big ambitions - and not for government alone. We need everyone to contribute: industry, academia, local government, civil society, as well as individuals and families themselves.
To begin, we would like to hear your thoughts on the following:  How can we best support people to have extra years of being healthy and independent? 

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