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Footcare services for older people: a resource pack for commissioners and service providers

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
26p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This publication is for commissioners and service providers. It explains why footcare is important and describes service providers, types of service, what good services should look like and what they should achieve, and developing services.

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Mental health and well-being in later life

Authors:
CATTAN Mima, (ed.)
Publisher:
Open University Press
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
177p.
Place of publication:
Maidenhead

The contributors to this book ask what mental health and mental well-being is and discuss theoretical perspectives on ageing and health promotion; policy and practice in the promotion of mental health and well-being in later life; work, retirement and money; relationships; keeping active; and coping, choice and control: pathways to positive psychological functioning and independence in later life, ending with a conclusion.

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Understanding the risks of social exclusion across the life course: older age

Authors:
BECKER Elizabeth, BOREHAM Richard
Publisher:
Great Britain. Cabinet Office. Social Exclusion Task Force
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
92p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Older people can face a range of problems which can be thought of as risk markers of social exclusion: low income, limited contact with others, and poor health. This report describes the multidimensional nature of social exclusion and the risk markers older people experience, and asks how clusters of markers vary. It then discusses risk marker dynamics and policy directions.

Journal article

Who benefits from volunteering? Variations in perceived benefits

Authors:
MORROW-HOWELL Nancy, HONG Song-Lee, TANG Fengyan
Journal article citation:
Gerontologist, 49(1), February 2009, pp.91-102.
Publisher:
Gerontological Society of America

The purpose of this study was to document the benefits of volunteering perceived by older adults and to explain variation in these self-perceived benefits. This is a quantitative study of 13 volunteer programs in the US and 401 older adults serving in those programs. Program directors completed telephone interviews, and older volunteers completed mailed surveys. Volunteer-level and program-level data were merged. Older volunteers reported a wide variety of benefits to the people they served, themselves, their families, and communities. More than 30% reported that they were "a great deal better off" because of volunteering, and almost 60% identified a benefit to their families. When considering only individual characteristics, lower-income and lower-educated volunteers reported more benefit. Yet, aspects of the volunteer experience, like amount of involvement, adequacy of training and ongoing support, and stipends, were more important in understanding who benefits from volunteering. These findings suggest that characteristics of volunteer programs can be strengthened to maximize the benefits of volunteering to older adults. These characteristics are more mutable by public policies and organizational procedures than individual characteristics. Focusing on the recruitment of lower socioeconomic status older adults may result in an increase in benefits from the growth of volunteering.

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Mistreatment of older people in the United Kingdom: findings from the first National Prevalence Study

Authors:
BIGGS Simon, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 20(1), January 2009, pp.1-14.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The National Prevalence Study of Elder Mistreatment took place in 2006 and included 2,111 respondents aged 66 and over from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who answered a face-to-face questionnaire. Mistreatment by family members, close friends or care workers was reported by 2.6%, with the most common form being neglect (1.1%) followed by financial abuse (0.6%), psychological abuse (0.4%), physical abuse (0.4%) and sexual abuse (0.2%). Women were significantly more likely to have experienced mistreatment than men but there were gender differences according to type of abuse and perpetrator, and divergent patterns for neglect, financial and interpersonal abuse. Further analysis of the data also indicated that the likelihood of mistreatment varied according to socioeconomic position and health status.

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Nutritional care and older people

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 14.5.09, 2009, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Highlights research findings around the nutritional care of older people.

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Considerably better than the alternative: positive aspects of getting older

Author:
GARNER Jane
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing, 10(1), March 2009, pp.5-8.
Publisher:
Pier Professional
Place of publication:
Brighton

Older people tend to be viewed negatively as being needy, dependent and frail. These assumptions may be reinforced by policies that focus on the consequences of physical and mental decline. This paper argues for a more balanced and positive view. The wisdom and experience of older people is a vital resource for UK society.

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Managing risk, minimising restraint

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing examine the use of restraint in care homes and approaches to minimise its use. It presents some of the learning from a review of the literature on the use of restraint in care homes for older people and an exploration of practice. The briefing looks at what might constitute restraint, whether restraint is ever right, the links between risk and restraint and developing knowledge and skills.

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Nutritional care and older people

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
London

This summary examines nutritional care in relation to older people and is based on the nutritional care and mealtimes section of SCIE's Dignity in Care guide. Three main sections cover: the nature of the problem; the foundations for good nutritional care; and managing nutritional care and mealtimes.

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Older people from black and minority ethnic groups: selected readings

Author:
CENTRE FOR POLICY ON AGEING
Publisher:
Centre for Policy on Ageing
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
59p.
Place of publication:
London

A selective bibliography on older people from black and minority ethnic groups. The references are drawn from the Ageinfo, the database of ageing and older age from the Centre for Policy on Ageing. A reference and short descriptive abstract is included for each reference.

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