Cornwall has a higher than average ageing population meaning there is an increased demand on NHS funds. Three out of every five people aged over 60 in England suffer from a long-term condition, and as the population ages, this proportion is likely to rise.
There are 40,000 people in Cornwall who are out of work, of which some 23,000 receive health related benefits.
The estimated cost to the NHS of obesity related conditions locally will rise to about £161 million by 2015.
“By supporting people with their long term conditions, through personal support plans and increasing their capacity to self-care, we can help to improve their mental as well as physical wellbeing”. (Outcome 2 from Health and Well-being Strategy 2013-2015).
Life Conversations is the first step on our path towards addressing these issues. Life Conversations offer a safe place to meet others, discuss issues that affect you and to build new connections within your community. More developments in this are are being planned.