Scotland is changing and with these changes come both opportunities and challenges. We are living longer and although this is undoubtedly positive, it also challenges us to think about how we ensure that we live not only longer, but that we live well.
Our demographic future is very much now, as we need places where we can care and be cared for in supportive and adapted environments that have people and their well-being at their heart. With social isolation and loneliness being identified as major public health issues, especially for older people, we need to seriously reflect on how we can adapt and improve our town centres to help combat those challenges.
In a new report published this week, we set out the work that we have been coordinating, together with Scotland’s Towns Partnership, to respond and support the Scottish Government’s work around Town Centre Living and creating A Caring Place. (Illustration by Richard Carman)