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Taking prevention forward: a directory of examples

Authors:
LEWIS Helen, MILNE Alisoun
Publisher:
Anchor Research
Publication year:
1999
Place of publication:
Oxford

This directory is the final part of the work commissioned from the Nuffield Institute of Health, University of Leeds for the National Preventative Task Group. Its aim is to provide some more concrete examples of preventative approaches and services currently in operation around the country. While most of the examples relate to older people, who were the focus of the original work, thre are also examples relating to other adults, in line with the national policy of 'promoting independence'. (need to refer to others in this series)

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An introduction to the mental health of older people: an introduction to mental health and older people

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, MILNE Alisoun, GEARING Brian, WARNER Joanne
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Place of publication:
London

In this learning object you will have the chance to explore the nature and characteristics of the ageing population in the UK, what being 'old' means, and some of the complexity surrounding the concept of 'mental health'. As this learning object presents basic facts and concepts surrounding mental health and older people, it is recommend that you use this object to introduce yourself to this area. This learning object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages.

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Lessons from America

Authors:
SULLIVAN Mary Pat, MILNE Alisoun
Journal article citation:
Social Work Matters (e-Magazine), February 2014, Online only
Publisher:
The College of Social Work

As the population ages, the author argues there is a need to develop gerontologise social work and build the profession's capacity to improve care for older people and their families. The article draws on practice from the United States which demonstrate the effective contribution that social work plays in the care of older people. Details of the John A Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative in the United States is provided as a case study of a programme to promote cultural change in social work to ensure it is meeting the needs of an ageing society in terms of social work education, training and competency. (Original abstract)

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Developing a profile of older carers

Author:
MILNE Alisoun
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 12(2), July 2002, pp.17-19.
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Provides an overview of recent research which aimed to development of a 'profile' of older carers. The review increases understanding of who cares in later life and offers a detailed 'profile' of older carers in the UK.

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An introduction to the mental health of older people: services for older people with mental health problems

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, MILNE Alisoun, GEARING Brian, WARNER Joanne
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Place of publication:
London

In this learning object you will have an opportunity to learn about the principal services available for older people at the primary, mainstream, secondary/specialist and tertiary levels by travelling down a virtual ‘care pathway’. Along the way you will have the chance to test you knowledge of relevant statistics and will examine cross cutting issues and assessment.

Journal article

The ‘D’ word: reflections on the relationship between stigma, discrimination and dementia

Author:
MILNE Alisoun
Journal article citation:
Journal of Mental Health, 19(3), June 2010, pp.227-233.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare
Place of publication:
London

This brief article discusses both stigma and discrimination, and how they relate to dementia. It asks what can be done to challenge these problems. Now that it is recognised that people with dementia experience discrimination and stigma, both issues need addressing in anti-stigma strategies.

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An introduction to the mental health of older people: the life course approach

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, MILNE Alisoun, GEARING Brian, WARNER Joanne
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Place of publication:
London

In this learning object you are introduced to the importance of seeing later life as one phase of an entire course of life from birth to death shaped by earlier life stages and experiences. Meaning and identity are important to mental health in later life and require that we can connect past, present and future in our lives. A highly influential theory of the life course which embodies these themes is the psychosocial theory of Erik Erikson. A life course approach suggests that in order to understand and work effectively with older people we need to see them in the context of their past lives, taking a life story or biographical approach, or through reminiscence.

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An introduction to the mental health of older people: understanding depression in later life

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, MILNE Alisoun, GEARING Brian, WARNER Joanne
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Place of publication:
London

The main focus of this learning object is depression amongst older people. The learning object begins by highlighting some of the problems with defining and diagnosing 'depression' and then goes on to discuss the estimated numbers of older people that are thought to suffer from the condition. Next you will consider what makes people more or less vulnerable to developing depression in later life. Finally you will look at effective treatments for depression and explanations for why it so often remains unrecognised in older people.

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An introduction to the mental health of older people: attitudes and images of ageing

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, MILNE Alisoun, GEARING Brian, WARNER Joanne
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Place of publication:
London

This learning object is about ways in which people's experience of ageing and mental health are shaped by society's attitudes to older people and later life. You will consider the way age-related images and ideas, displayed in the media and in everyday language, shape our perceptions; but also what we know about older people's own attitudes and aspirations.

Journal article

What do we know about older former carers? Key issues and themes

Authors:
LARKIN Mary, MILNE Alisoun
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(4), 2017, p.1396–1403.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Despite a significant growth in the number older former family carers, they remain largely invisible in carer-related research and literature. To begin to address this deficit, a four-stage literature review was conducted to identify existing knowledge about older former carers. Narrative synthesis of the findings yielded five themes – the concept of ‘older former carer’, the legacies of caring, influences on the legacies of caring, conceptualising post-caring and support services for older former carers. Critical analysis of these findings suggests that existing evidence has a number of strengths. It highlights the terminological and conceptual confusion in the field, identifies the profound financial and health-related legacies older former carers’ experience, the factors which shape these legacies and some of the complexities of bereavement older former carers face. The support needs of older former carers are also illuminated. However, the field is characterised by key weaknesses. The evidence base is fragmented and uneven. In part this reflects lack of definitional consensus and in part the fact that there is much more evidence about some sub-groups, such as carers of relatives admitted to a care home, than others. Methodology-related weaknesses include small sample sizes and a focus on a single, often condition-specific, group of older former carers. An overarching criticism relates to the narrow conceptual/theoretical purview. As post-caring tends to be viewed as one of the final temporal ‘stages’ of the carer's ‘care-giving career’, a bifurcatory model of carer/former carer is created, i.e. that a carer actively provides care and a former carer is no longer caring. This constructs being a former carer – namely formerality – as a single fixed state failing to capture its dynamic and shifting nature and constrains the potential of research to generate new knowledge and extend understanding. (Publisher abstract)

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