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Recent trends in life expectancy at older ages: update to 2014

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
29
Place of publication:
London

A summary of recent trends in life expectancy among those aged 65 and over in England, in the English regions and local authorities. The report shows that the overall upward trend in life expectancy at all older ages continues. Life expectancy at older ages in England is now the highest on record for all the age and sex groups studied, except for females aged 85, for whom it is the same as it was in 2011. The report shows however, that despite this overall picture of improvement, calculated life expectancy for older people in some parts of the country did not increase or fell. At English local authority level there are significant variations in the trend in life expectancy at older age for which there is no apparent explanation. The report also includes trends in life expectancy in the European Union. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Dementia: workshop series to support prioritisation of research

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
17
Place of publication:
London

This is a summary report to reflect the views expressed in a workshop aimed to identify current major research challenges and gaps relevant to dementia. Discussion topics included: using existing data better; data gaps; what works for dementia patients; focusing resources effectively; constructing dementia-friendly environments; effective diagnosis; care for people with multimorbidity; obesity and dementia; rehabilitation; carers and care homes; and use of language. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Beat the heat: keep residents safe and well

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
2
Place of publication:
London

A quick guide for care home staff on how to respond to high temperatures, including actions they may need to take to keep residents safe. Keeping cool in hot weather is very important for health. In previous hot weather in the UK and Europe, people in residential and nursing homes were at particularly high risk of illness and death. The guide highlights specific measures to help: identify residents at highest risk; keep resident cool; keep the building cool; and take action in the event of a heat-related illness. Includes a checklist to help ascertain whether staff and the care home are prepared for hot weather. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Helping older people maintain a healthy diet: a review of what works

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Place of publication:
London

This review of evidence looks at ‘what works’ in supporting older people to maintain a healthy diet and reduce the risk of malnutrition. Malnutrition in older people can have a significant impact on their health and social care needs. The report draws on evidence from a literature review on the success criteria for community programmes encouraging healthy eating for people over 65 years; and on findings from telephone interviews with older people’s leads from PHE centres, local authorities, local AHSNs and third sector organisations in England to discover what examples of emerging practices exist that could be scaled-up and used by others. The literature review highlighted four programme success criteria: access to healthier food and drink options and food poverty; ability to prepare healthier food; functional and cognitive impairment and ability to eat healthier food including poor oral health; and food and dietary resilience. Findings on emerging practice show that many areas have developed innovative programmes of work aimed at tackling malnutrition among older people. These include: Purbeck Malnutrition Taskforce Pilot; Older People’s Essential Nutrition (OPEN), Eastleigh; Nutrition and Wellbeing Service, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS); Vitality for Life, Kensington and Chelsea; Paperweight armbands and raising awareness of malnutrition among older people, Salford; Staffordshire Eat Well programme; Casserole Club, Staffordshire; and One to One Nutritional Support, Kent. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention

Authors:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND, NATIONAL FALLS PREVENTION COORDINATION GROUP
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
22
Place of publication:
London

This document outlines interventions and approaches that local commissioners and strategic leads in England should consider in order to help prevent falls and fractures in older people. It has been produced by the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG), which was set up with the aim of coordinating falls prevention activity in England and encourage ‘whole-system’ local commissioning for falls prevention. It highlights interventions which cover the whole of the patient pathway, from risk reduction to providing care for older people who have suffered injury following a fall. These include risk reduction, risk assessment, strength and balance exercise programmes, healthy homes, and interventions in high-risk care environments such a hospitals, care and nursing homes. It also explains how commissioning for falls and fracture prevention involves working across the health, social care and housing sectors. It provides advice on how falls prevention can be supported at all stages of the commissioning cycle, including - assessing needs, designing services, sourcing providers, delivering to service users, monitoring and evaluation, and in the governance frameworks that oversee and assure this activity. It also sets out the future commitments of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Heatwave plan for England: making the case: the impact of heat on health: now and in the future

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
19
Place of publication:
London

This document provides a background to the 'Heatwave plan for England'. The purpose of the plan is to avoid the adverse health effects of excessive heat by raising public awareness and triggering actions by those in contact with people who are most at risk. This, in turn, helps reduce pressures throughout the health and social care system. The document outlines key health issues associated with heatwaves, explains why long-term planning is essential and gives some examples of medium term and longer term actions which can be taken to mitigate or ameliorate some of the effects of future heatwaves and hot weather. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Heatwave plan for England: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: advice for health and social care professionals

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
18
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet is part of a national programme to reduce the health risks by alerting people to the dangers of severe heat and encouraging them to plan in advance what to do in the event of a heatwave. Heatwaves can happen with little warning and illness and death can occur within the first couple of days. This leaflet offers advice both on caring for people most at risk during a heatwave, and on organising others who provide care. Example advice cards for commissioners of health and social care, Directors of Public Health and health and social care staff are also included. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Heatwave plan for England: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: advice for care home managers and staff

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
14
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet is part of a national programme to reduce the health risks by alerting people to the dangers of severe heat and encouraging them to plan in advance what to do in the event of a heatwave. Heatwaves can happen with little warning and illness and death can occur within the first couple of days. This fact sheet contains action cards outlining the roles and responsibilities required of care home managers and staff at each level. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Heatwave plan for England: supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: advice for care home managers and staff

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
12
Place of publication:
London

This factsheet is part of a national programme to reduce the health risks by alerting people to the dangers of severe heat and encouraging them to plan in advance what to do in the event of a heatwave. Heatwaves can happen with little warning and illness and death can occur within the first couple of days. This fact sheet contains action cards outlining the roles and responsibilities required of care home managers and staff at each level. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Heatwave plan for England: making the case: the impact of heat on health: now and in the future

Author:
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
19
Place of publication:
London

This document provides a background to the 'Heatwave plan for England'. The purpose of the plan is to avoid the adverse health effects of excessive heat by raising public awareness and triggering actions by those in contact with people who are most at risk. This, in turn, helps reduce pressures throughout the health and social care system. The document outlines key health issues associated with heatwaves, explains why long-term planning is essential and gives some examples of medium term and longer term actions which can be taken to mitigate or ameliorate some of the effects of future heatwaves and hot weather. (Edited publisher abstract)

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