Need for a National Independent Living Strategy for our Ageing Population

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Professor Roy Sandbach advocates for national independent living strategy for ageing population

Renowned professor Roy Sandbach recently delivered a captivating presentation on the need for a national independent living strategy for our ageing population. The talk, which was attended by a diverse audience, featured a thought-provoking discussion on the key points presented by the professor.

The audience included prominent figures in the field of ageing, including Margaret Simpson, Chair of the Oxford 50+ Network, Penny Thewlis, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire, Dr Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School, and Dr Johnny Collet, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation at Oxford Brookes University.

Professor Sandbach, who was the first Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University until September 2018, shared his insights on the pressing need for a national independent living strategy for the ageing population. He highlighted the importance of having a comprehensive plan that addresses the various challenges faced by the elderly, including housing, care, and technology.

Professor Sandbach is a well-respected figure in the field of innovation and ageing. He currently chairs Northern Accelerator, the research commercialisation programme across the five North East Universities, and he was instrumental in the development of the regional innovation strategy for North East England.

During his 31-year tenure at Procter & Gamble, Professor Sandbach held global R&D positions in Europe and Asia, leading innovation programmes across the world. He has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2017 for his services to science, innovation and skills.

The presentation was a huge success and generated a lively discussion among the attendees. With the support of influential figures like Professor Sandbach and his fellow panelists, it is hoped that a national independent living strategy for the ageing population will soon become a reality.

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