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Cleaned out by the ones you trust

Author:
VALIOS Natalie
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 30.08.07, 2007, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Approximately £2.1 million was stolen from older people last year in financial scams often involving family members and home care workers bent on abusing the faith placed in them. The author draws on a recent government funded report on abuse and neglect of older people in the UK to highlight the problem of financial abuse.

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Income mobility among the elderly in Sweden during the 1990s

Authors:
ZAIDI Asghar, GUSTAFSSON Björn
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Social Welfare, 16(2), January 2007, pp.84-93.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Using a large panel dataset, this article investigates the degree of, and explanatory factors for, income mobility amongst the elderly in Sweden during the 1990s. It contributes to literature on welfare indicators for the older population as it supplements the welfare picture of the income adequacy with insights into income certainty during old age. The study uses the administrative register data for Sweden, which provides a reliable record of incomes for a large sample of the elderly. Results for Sweden-born and foreign-born elderly persons are analysed separately and compared with corresponding groups of people of working age. The majority of the results indicate that the income of the older population is more stable than that of the working age population, and upward income mobility is not as usual among the elderly as among other groups. The multivariate regression analyses identify several explanatory factors affecting those elderly who experienced income mobility. Most importantly, the death of a spouse increases the probability of downward income mobility, particularly amongst women. These and other findings of this research point to triggers of income poverty in old age that should be taken into account in policies concerned with the level and indexation of retirement income of future pensioners.

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Well connected

Author:
McCORMACK Helen
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 14.06.07, 2007, pp.26-27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The author reports on the Disconnected Mind project. The project is building on the Mental Health Survey, and an IQ test taken in 1947 by every child in Scotland born in 1936. For the project, 1,091 of the original participants were traced and agreed to re-sit the tests. The findings are now being complied on the role of diet, exercise, lifestyle and genetics have on our mental abilities as we age.

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Being included in your community and getting the support that is right for you: ideas about ways the Local Area Co-ordination approach can support older people

Author:
OUTSIDE THE BOX DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT
Publisher:
Outside the Box Development Support
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
31p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

This report includes a summary of the main points raised at two workshop with older people run by Outside the Box in August 2006 to look at how the approach which underpins Local Area Co-ordination could be used to support people. The report also includes ideas about how people can take on this discussion in their areas and draws on examples and experiences from people in Scotland and in other places.

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Educator’s guide to 'an introduction to the mental health of older people' e-learning resources

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
32p.
Place of publication:
London

In these learning objects students 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 recommended  that students use this object as an introduction to the area.

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My home life: quality of life in care homes: a review of the literature

Author:
NATIONAL CARE HOMES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Publisher:
Help the Aged
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
192p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

My Home Life is a new initiative aimed at improving the quality of life of those who are living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people. This review aims to find existing best practices in care homes and promote care homes as a positive option for older people. The project is working to help improve the quality of life in care home, through the development of a range of resources, events, practice development initiatives and other activities.

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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.

Book

Quality of life in old age: international multi-disciplinary perspectives

Editors:
MOLLENKOPF Heidrun, WALKER Alan, (eds.)
Publisher:
Springer
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
260p.
Place of publication:
Heidelberg

This book brings together leading researchers on quality of life in old age to focus on one of the most important issues in both gerontology and quality of life studies. Quality of life is a holistic construct and assessed from many different perspectives and by many disciplines. As the concept of quality of life can be applied to practically all important domains of life, quality of life research has to include social, environmental, structural, and health related aspects and be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. There are very few texts available on this topic and none of an international and multi-disciplinary nature. Quality of life studies have neglected older people and, given the size and growth of this population, and this book systematically pursues a comprehensive perspective, and includes theoretical approaches and empirical findings with respect to the most important components of quality of life in old age. This book is designed to be a seminal text for both gerontology and quality of life researchers.

Book

Starting out guide and keeping it up: a guide for activity providers

Authors:
KNOCKER Sally, GASPAR Sylvia
Publisher:
National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
12p.
Place of publication:
London

Some activity providers say that they can feel quite isolated in their role, and that care staff colleagues aren’t always initially understanding or supportive of what they are doing. This guide suggests ways in which activity providers can ensure that the ingredients for successful activities and positive relationships are in place. It emphasises the importance of spending time getting to know residents and the things that might interest them. Activities should be defined in a broad way; it is important to consider how to support opportunities for older people to be in contact with others and to participate in life throughout the day in a range of ways. The guide also considers the need for: communicating well with colleagues; thinking beyond a fixed programme of activities; considering opportunities to get out and about; developing community links; and developing activity resources such as a good music collection and reminiscence pictures. A list of important ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ and suggestions for other useful resources are provided

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The assessment of pain in older people: national guidelines

Authors:
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS, BRITISH GERIATRICS SOCIETY, BRITISH PAIN SOCIETY
Publisher:
Royal College of Physicians
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
13p.
Place of publication:
London

Pain is a subjective, personal experience, and its assessment is particularly challenging in the presence of severe cognitive impairment, communication difficulties or language and cultural barriers. As a result it is often under-recognised and under-treated in older people. These guidelines form part of a series intended to inform those aspects of physicians’ clinical practice which may be outside their own specialist area and are designed to help them make rapid, informed decisions. The advice is based on synthesis of the best available evidence and expert consensus gathered from practising clinicians and service users. The guidelines set out the key components of assessing pain in older people, together with a variety of practical scales that may be used with different groups, including those with cognitive or communication impairment. The purpose is to provide professionals with a set of practical skills to assess pain as the first step towards its effective management. The guidance is relevant to all healthcare and social care staff and can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including the older person’s own home, in care homes, and in hospital.

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