Study examines aging in a super-diverse society
Cultural sensitivity should be a vital component in all future services for older people, experts at the University of Birmingham, will say today.
As the Care Bill 2013/14 reaches its final stages in the House of Lords, a Birmingham Policy Commission report urges policy makers to "recognise and accommodate super-diversity" when planning services for an ageing population.Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice for the Care Quality Commission, headed the Commission entitled Healthy Ageing in the 21st Century: The best is yet to come.
He said: "This is the first time we have looked at ageing in a super diverse society. Birmingham is a multicultural city. Its 'super-diverse' population provided an ideal opportunity to explore the implications of ageing for ethnically diverse people from across the world."
The report, being launched today in the House of Commons, found that some communities and faith groups drew on the huge contribution older people make to society and that "sharing this good practice presents a real opportunity for communities of all kinds".
It also noted that the Equalities Act 2010 could prove more influential in safeguarding the rights of older people than the Human Rights Act 1998.
Among its recommendations, the report calls for:
- A new statutory post of Commissioner for Older People in England
- The Human Rights of older people to be at the heart of health and social care policy
- Research Councils to gain a better understanding of ageing in a super-diverse society
- More effort to give older people a louder voice when planning any kind of service for an ageing population, not just those related to health and social care
The report also found that health inequalities in younger life must be evened out if the poor are to age as well as the better off.