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Improving the lives of older people

Greater Manchester Ageing Hub

We want to improve the lives of people aged 50 and over living in Greater Manchester. Our vision is that older residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life. Working with our partners we have set up the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub to coordinate a strategic response to the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population. 

Our priorities are:

  • to become the first age-friendly city region in the country
  • to be a global centre of excellence for ageing, pioneering research, technology and new ideas
  • to increase economic participation amongst the over 50s 

The Ageing Hub are co-ordinating programmes of activity around economy and work; age-friendly places; healthy ageing; housing, planning and transport; culture and learning; and communications. We want to establish the age-friendly model as a framework for ensuring social inclusion in later life across Greater Manchester, with an emphasis on co-design with older people and improving the quality of later life in GM.

Outputs will include a GM strategy to increase levels of physical activity amongst people in mid and later life, creating an age-friendly GM transport plan and producing an age-friendly GM Spatial Framework which promotes social diversity and a mix of generations wherever possible. We have a partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better to drive improvements in Greater Manchester by applying evidence around what works to ensure a good later life. 

Ageing Hub partners include:

Improving work for older people

Age-Friendly Transport

On 17 January, 2018, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, spoke to Greater Manchester's Older People Network about transport and what needs to happen to make our transport systems more accessible to everyone living in Greater Manchester, including older people. In the video below you'll hear him talk about what some of the issues are and what we can do about them. Listen in from 15 minutes, 24 seconds.






Take a Seat

To help older people feel more confident about leaving their homes, housing providers across Greater Manchester are encouraging local businesses to sign up to the ‘Take a seat’ scheme in a bid to make our region more inclusive, accessible and age-friendly. 

Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017

On 16 February we held a landmark event bringing together GM leaders, world-leading academics and community sector innovators. We discussed how to build an age-friendly city-region and launched three key reports on ageing in Greater Manchester. The conference also marked GM's five year partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better and our long-term collaboration with the World Health Organization.

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