The World Health Organisation has named its first “Healthy Ageing 50”, an international list of individuals who have contributed significantly towards improving the lives of older people. Their work has ranged from tackling ageism to teaching school pupils about older generations and and transforming long term care. Part of the UN’s Decade of Healthy Ageing initiative the list’s compilers looked, for example, for people who had engaged locally and nationally to promote coherence in Government policy, leant on businesses and harnessed new technologies. Among them are Helena Herklots (pictured), Older Peoples Commissioner for Wales and Paul MdGarry, head of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.

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