In response to NICE developing guidance on mid-life approaches to prevent or delay the onset of disability, dementia and frailty in later life, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:
“We strongly agree that people need to make changes now to reduce the likelihood of difficulties in later life. This applies just as much to social contact as it does to physical health: loneliness and social isolation can be prevented too.
“However it’s harder to persuade people to think 20 or 30 years ahead when governments, of all persuasions, rarely plan more than 2 or 3 years ahead. There’s an urgent need for this and the next government to take the necessary action now for the major demographic changes that ageing will bring to our society.”