Public Health's annual report for 2017/18 has been published.
The average healthy life expectancy in Coventry is 62.2% for males and 62.9% for females, which is just below regional and national averages, a Public Health report published shows.
Each year, the Director of Public Health produces an independent assessment of the city’s health and wellbeing.
The 2018 Public Health annual report, titled ‘Healthier for Longer – securing healthy futures for our communities’ focuses on older people and managing the demand for health and care services.
It looks at key data and how organisations can work together to make sure Coventry’s older residents have good health and wellbeing.
It has a clear focus on prevention and early intervention to address the inevitable pressures on health and social care in the city. It calls for changes in lifestyle, including: keeping active, eating a well-balanced diet and not smoking to achieve a healthier life and reduce the demand for existing services.
Cabinet member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, Cllr Kamran Caan, said:
“We are conscious the older population is as diverse as any other group in society. We are working across the city to bring services together and coordinate care so our older generation can live healthier for longer.
“There are exciting opportunities to improve health and wellbeing in the city, with 2019 being Year of Wellbeing across Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry as European City of Sport 2019 and UK City of Culture.
"We have made great strides over the past year to bring health and social care services closer together within Coventry and we must continue to deliver joined up, cost effective care for the benefit of all those who need it”.
Director of Public Health and Wellbeing at Coventry City Council, Liz Gaulton, said: "We are very proud of the hard work that has gone into the research of this report and believe we have outlined lots of key issues that need to be addressed.
“In Coventry, men can expect to live just over a fifth of their lives in poor health (16.3 years), whilst women can expect to live almost a quarter of their lives in poor health (19.5 years), so while the demand for health and social care services is a significant challenge for Coventry and many other areas, the report highlights key opportunities where we can make a difference.
“We are working to bring together an alliance to support older residents in Coventry to increase their chances of experiencing a healthy, happy and productive later life”.
The report is available for download here: www.coventry.gov.uk/publichealthreports