Promoting healthy ageing gets a European feel

Edinburgh has become the only Scottish city to join a European project which is dedicated to improving the lives of older people.

The cities involved in the URBACT Healthy Ageing project will share ideas and expertise about schemes aimed at promoting the importance of being healthy and active in later life.

Edinburgh is well placed to take part thanks to successful projects such as A City for all Ages and Live Well in Later Life, and is already one of 12 UK cities working with the World Health Organisation's Age Friendly Cities network.

Members of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee will be given details about the URBACT project at its next meeting on January 28.

The project's leading city is Udine in Italy, while the other partners are Brighton and Hove, Grand Poitiers in France, and Klaipeda in Lithuania.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Health and Wellbeing Convener, said: "This a fantastic opportunity to learn about successful ways in which the lives of older people can be improved, and gives us the chance to share our good practice too.

"Promoting healthy and active ageing is an essential part of improving lives for older people. If we improve health and wellbeing, then it's likely that the need for older people to access higher levels of care will be delayed."

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