The role of business in ageing healthily

Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 11:00 AM (BST)



Everybody has a role to play in healthy ageing, including business. Businesses have an opportunity for a double win - increase returns and improve employee wellbeing.  Join the discussion at 11am on 14th October regarding the concrete steps UK businesses are taking to address the healthy ageing opportunity within our workforce and the wider marketplace, especially in preventative health and care.

In February, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity published its recommended National Strategy for what the UK needs to do to meet the goal set by Government of five more years of healthy life expectancy by 2035 (HLE + 5) and while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.  Sir John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, said of the APPG's work - “This is a very important group looking at the most important single issue for society in the next 30 years”.

A key aspect of the the national strategy is the role business has to play in helping to achieve our nation's goal.  On October 14th, Tina Woods, lead of the APPG Secretariat, will update the community on the APPG's recommended Business Coalition for a Healthier Nation.

And to demonstrate some of the concrete next steps businesses are taking to address the opportunity of healthy ageing co-founders, Ali Khan and Dr. John Lang, will discuss their startup, SHAPE.  SHAPE is a comprehensive survey for employee performance drivers.

The Survey for Health, Attendance, Productivity and Engagement includes 12 “Explorers”. These delve deep into the topics that paint a detailed picture of all the factors that underpin, or undermine, employee performance and productivity.

In this session SHAPE will look at the projected demographic profile for the working population and the role SHAPE could play in terms of understanding and managing an ageing workforce for better employee and business outcomes.

In particular, the following items will be examined;

  • Overview of theories on the mechanism of ageing
  • Age related physical and cognitive decline – cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, metabolic, immunological, sensory, psycho-emotional and neurological changes that impact mature workers
  • How the work environment impacts the ageing process – the role of the stress-cortisol-KLF9 system
  • Using SHAPE to identify critical work environment issues that exacerbate employee ageing
  • Individual predisposition to “rate of ageing” and its implications for detection and intervention

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Wednesday, Oct 14
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