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Gambling among older adults in Singapore. Some preliminary empirical findings

Author:
NG Vincent C.K.
Journal article citation:
Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 21(1), June 2011, pp.18-30.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Gambling is a widely accepted social and recreation activity in Singapore, with surveys suggesting that around 58% of the population have gambled at least once in the last 12 months. The purpose of this study was to shed light on gambling among older adults in Singapore.  A sample of 74 adults aged 60 and above who were participants of a community-based elderly outreach programme was surveyed. The survey included questions relating to gambling participation and the perception of the respondents.  The findings indicated that 27% of the respondents had gambled in the past month and their favourite gambling game was the lottery 4D. Those who gambled were found to have more free time than those who did not (64 hours per week versus 38 hours per week). Almost all the respondents (97%) did not know where to go to get help for problem gambling.  The article concludes that public education campaigns on problem gambling should be re-designed to reach out to older adults.

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Gerontological social work research in health and mental health

Author:
BERKMAN Barbara
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 21(1), January 2011, Online only
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Five societal trends pose significant challenges to society and to social work practice: living with chronic illness, community-based practice, patient diversity, family caregiving, and palliative and end-of-life care. This paper looks at these trends, tying them to research priorities which a panel of social work researchers in the United States identified as most significant.

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Personal budgets briefing: learning from the experiences of older people and their carers

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing provides a summary of older people's and carers experiences of using self-directed support and personal budgets. It is based on a six month study commissioned from a joint team from Acton Shapiro, the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) and the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU). The briefing covers moving to a personal budget, deciding on personal budget, being assessed, resource allocation, support planning, ways of holding a personal budget, obtaining support, the role of carers, management of the personal budget, the role of external organisations and monitoring arrangements.

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St. Monica Trust: domiciliary care services report

Author:
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY. Institute of Public Care
Publisher:
Oxford Brookes University. Institute of Public Care
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
55p.
Place of publication:
Oxford

Demand for domiciliary based services for older people is growing in response to population demand and to policy demands for effective alternatives to residential and hospital based care. In addition, the client-provider relationship is changing, with local authorities and, to some extent, health authorities being removed from the contracting transaction, and more direct choice and control for service users. This report was prepared for St Monica Trust with the aim of: identifying the different forms of domiciliary service which can be provided, from home help to intensive rehabilitative services and end of life care; describing key approaches and business models, and consideration of their cost and business development implications; and identifying examples of existing services. The research comprised an analysis of existing published materials, and telephone conversations with a few existing services to explore the financial costing and employment issues. The report concludes by considering future marketing and business strategies, especially in relation to: local authority and GP consortia; personal budget and individual budget holders; and self-funders.

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Living on a low income in later life

Authors:
HILL Catherine, HIRSCH Donald
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
London

Despite a decrease in the number of older people living in poverty, 1.8 million pensioners (16% of pensioners) still do, and this figure has stagnated. This research provides an in-depth exploration of the experiences of older people living on low incomes. It illuminates the decisions and choices that older people face in managing their finances and the practical and emotional impact of living in constrained circumstances. The research consisted of 25 individual in-depth interviews and 5 focus group discussions with people aged 65-87 years. All interviews and focus group discussions were recorded, transcribed and analysed thematically. The findings are discussed under the following 5 themes: perceptions of hardship; the practicalities of living on a low income; the emotional aspects of living on a low income; spending decisions; and what protects or disadvantages people’s financial circumstances. The findings show that people were finding life tough living on a low income. Most were strongly averse to debt and believed that you had to live within your means. Those few who had some form of debt demonstrated the difficulty of getting back on track when on a fixed low income. They were very concerned about the current economic climate and about the removal of services that were currently available.

Journal article

People, pets and care homes: a story of ambivalence

Authors:
SMITH Randall, JOHNSON Julia, ROLPH Sheena
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 12(4), 2011, pp.217-228.
Publisher:
Emerald

The aim of this article is to examine the history of pet ownership and its relationship to well-being in later life, and to compare current and past attitudes, policies and practices with regard to the issue of pet ownership in communal residential settings for older people. The article includes a review of the literature on pets and older people. It discusses pets and health and well-being, pets and older people, pet visiting schemes and institutional care, and personal and communal pets in care homes. It also draws on new data from research conducted by the authors, which compared archived material on residential homes for older people visited in the late 1950s as part of a study by Peter Townsend (The Last Refuge) with findings from revisiting a sample of these homes 50 years later. The research included observation and interviews with managers and residents, and responses indicated ambivalent attitudes, ambiguity at the policy level, and variation in practice.

Journal article

Alcohol use in later life - older people's perspectives

Authors:
WARD Lizzie, BARNES Marian, GAHAGAN Beatrice
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 12(4), 2011, pp.239-247.
Publisher:
Emerald

This paper reports on qualitative research aiming to generate a wider evidence-based by exploring the circumstances in which older people drink, and the meaning that drinking alcohol has for them and its impact. The study developed a participatory methodology in which older people were actively involved in designing and carrying out the research. 21 older people were recruited for interviews, which were carried out by older co-researchers. The article describes the study and its findings. Thematic analysis identified drinking styles (social - regular; social - occasional; heavy lone drinking; and heavy drinking in a drinking network) and themes illustrating what affects drinking styles (social relationships; loss, change and adaptation; cost and availability; health, well-being and growing older; and responsibility, control and independence). The article discusses aspects of older people's drinking habits, including seeking help. It notes that this is a sensitive topic, discusses implications for practice and policy development, and suggests that more research is needed to understand the social, cultural and economic contexts of older people's drinking behaviour.

Journal article

The socio-economic contribution of older people in the UK

Author:
COOK Julia
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 15(4), 2011, pp.141-146.
Publisher:
Emerald

In the UK, over 65s are often seen as a burden on society's resources. Older people make a huge contribution to the UK's society but their potential is not always realised. The aim of this paper is to give evidence of the contribution of older people, the difference they are making in their communities, and how the roles they take on can only become more important. It draws on research published by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) in March 2011 which highlights older people’s contributions to economic and social growth in the UK. The paper is set out in 6 sections: an overview of WRVS; challenges of an ageing society; the ‘grey pound’; provision of social care; volunteering; and non-financial and other contributions of older people. Case studies are used to provide more detail on the contribution of, and opportunities for, older volunteers.

Journal article

What Wales can teach the world

Author:
MORDEY Marc
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 15(4), 2011, pp.153-163.
Publisher:
Emerald

The Welsh Assembly Government published its 10-year Older People’s Strategy in 2003. In the first 5 years, the principle aims were to increase awareness of older people’s concerns and to establish processes and structures for delivering longer term action. The second phase, launched in 2008, focused on increasing the health and wellbeing of older people and finding ways by which they can stay independent and active for longer. The purpose of this paper is to explore the development and implementation of the Older People's Strategy for Wales and the role of the Older People's Commissioner for Wales; and to identify lessons for other countries that are considering different approaches to implementing ageing strategies. Based on round table discussions held during the summer of 2011 with key people involved in the development and delivery of the Older People's Strategy, it sets out the key factors for a successful policy and practice approach to developing effective ageing strategies and public services for older people. The paper concludes by focusing on the significant issues, challenges and opportunities ahead.

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Age, home and community: a strategy for housing for Scotland's older people: 2012-2021

Author:
SCOTLAND. Scottish Government
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Government
Publication year:
2011
Pagination:
91p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This housing strategy for older people in Scotland, developed in partnership with the housing, health and social care sectors, has been agreed by the Scottish Government. It presents a vision for housing and housing-related support for older people, the outcomes we want to achieve and a framework of actions we will take. The Wider Planning for an Ageing Population working group identified five key outcomes for housing and related support for older people, covering: clear strategic leadership; information and advice; better use of existing housing; preventative support; and new housing provision. These five outcomes form the framework for this strategy. Underlying the outcomes are four key principles: older people as an asset; choice; planning ahead; and preventative support. The strategy presents a ten year vision and programme of action. This report is aimed not only at those who are older now, but also at people preparing for retirement, who need to consider options for older age before they reach it. The focus is on prevention and giving people the choices they need to live the best lives possible.

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