Funded jointly by Dorset County Council and NHS Dorset, Dorset POPP (Partnership for Older People Programme) takes as its central premise that the way to meet the needs of older people is by going directly to them and asking them what they would like.

Sounds obvious perhaps, but traditional approaches to older people's care are often service-led and don't genuinely involve those they seek to serve.

Seen as part of the county's preventative health agenda, Dorset POPP has five component parts and measures its performance against eight outcomes.

In a county which has one of the highest proportions of older people in England, the ultimate aim is to 'build supportive communities to enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish.'

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