Another great lecture from Sir Harry Burns on 9th October with the focus on Older Adults in Scotland


Currently Scotland has poor health compared to our European neighbours.   In order to improve our health we need to accelerate health improvement in Scotland.  Joint working of both health services and social care (public, private and voluntary sector) in partnership with the communities that we serve is required.

Key issues for consideration:

  • Empowerment of communities engage with shaping the environment in which they live
  • Generations working together
  • Reduce health inequality in Scotland
  • Increase physical activity at all ages (more important than obesity & smoking combined)
  • Reduced drug & alcohol abuse
  • Reduce violence
  • Increase individuals ability to cope with stress

The answers to these problems are still in the melting pot of creation.  Scot’s need to feel they are in control of their life and health.  Therefore, they need the opportunity to have influence in their communities, feel safe in their surroundings and play an active role in their health and well-being.  Sir Harry Burns promotes Mindfulness, which in the past has been associated with hippie culture.   More and more, mindfulness is being accepted as an effective intervention in helping patients to deal with many health and life issues and has an increasing evidence base.  

Sir Harry Burns highlighted the need to address issues such as violence, drug and alcohol abuse as early as possible.  Birth or before! Breaking patterns of exposure at at an early age to reduce likelihood learned behaviour and perpetuating from one generation to the next.  He feels this would have the biggest impact on Scotland life expectancy, physical, mental and social health.

The lecture ended with Sir Harry Burns launching a new health strategy for the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and we were treated to a lovely demonstration and presentation by some members of the society.