Adults form a large segment of the population. Choices and behaviours during adulthood can have profound impacts on people's health for the rest of their lives and one of the main public health challenges in adulthood include preventing chronic illness later in life.
Age is the single most significant driver of health need. In Leicestershire 19% of people are aged over 65 years - an older population profile compared to England. It is predicted that the number and proportion of older people will increase. The prevalence of the common long term conditions (e.g. heart disease, hypertension, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes) all increase with age. The rise of other health issues such as visual impairment, mental ill health and physical disabilities also increase with age and all have a significant impact on people's independence and need for care and support. By promoting health in our populations we can delay and/or prevent their need for treatment services. This will also support people in their desire to remain independent and to lead full and active lives in older age.
There is a strong body of evidence that emphasises the importance of health and wellbeing in childhood and even before birth, with long-term benefits of ensuring that all children have access to the best start in life. If we are to improve the health of our population further and more quickly we have to focus on the key issues in the early stages of life
There are also communities which may cut across one or more life courses at any given point in time, or at various different points in time. See below the link to life courses which are cross cutting
Reports & Data for different life courses
For research & statistics which relate to the different life courses in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, search