Greensleeves Care chief executive Paul Newman has been appointed chair of the UK Committee on Ageing Societies at BSI (British Standards Institution).
The new committee’s role is to lead the development of standards to meet the emerging needs of our ageing society and promote best practice across the UK and internationally. Possible areas of interest include ageing workforce, dementia, health promotion and preventative care in older age, social connectedness (multi-generational communities), informal carers, and technologies and systems for an ageing society. Paul Newman will work closely with representatives, experts and stakeholders from across health, social care and related sectors, as well as representing the UK overseas.
He said: “According to a recent UN report on world population, the number of people over 60 is set to more than double by 2050 and more than triple by 2100. Increases in life expectancy and the consequential increase in chronic conditions point towards the need for a very different society.
“This challenge is a global challenge.
“Whilst the increased ageing of society presents a number of challenges, there are likely to be new opportunities that will allow people to effectively manage their long-term care and independently live a high quality of life.
“Innovation will be needed to drive changes and standards could provide a way of setting out the principles for delivering the new products, services and solutions that will meet the future needs of our ageing societies in a new environment.
“The UK will play its full part in advancing international efforts to meet this challenge.”