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Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to promote healthy ageing in the last 10 years. (228012)

Over the last decade, the Department has developed a number of policy initiatives, which has increased the focus on supporting the health and well-being of the elderly population, such as the “National Service Framework for Older People” (2001). This was followed by “Better Health in Old Age” (2004) and “A new ambition for old age” (2006) which has a focus on active ageing. These documents have already been placed in the Library.

The Department has also provided £60 million funding through the Partnerships for Older People Projects programme to improve care of older people by local councils, to stay healthy, active and independent in their old age.

In May 2008 the Department announced a prevention package for older people which will be developed to address the challenge of providing improved and better preventative care for older people.