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Promoting health among elderly people: a statement from a working group

Authors:
KALACHE Alex, WARNES Tony, HUNTER David J
Publisher:
Kings Fund Centre
Publication year:
1988
Pagination:
64p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Report arising from an initiative established by the W.H.O. Programme for Health of the Elderly.

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LinkAge Plus: benefits for older people

Author:
DALY Guy
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
89p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This second thematic report on the evaluation of LinkAge Plus (LAP) focuses on how the LAP approach and pilot activities result in a range of benefits for older people. The report's author finds that the LAP approach is contributing to the improvement of older people's quality of life, healthy life expectancy and active participation in society. Initiatives have been developed by the eight pilot sites to promote social inclusion and tackle isolation as well as improving access to services that promote safety and wellbeing. The final reports from the evaluation of LAP will include an examination of the cost effectiveness of the approach.

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Primary concerns: older people's access to primary care

Author:
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
19p.
Place of publication:
London

The report ‘Primary Concerns’ highlights the fact that older people use GP practice services more than younger adults; however nearly one in five 65-74 year olds are still experiencing difficulties in getting an appointment to see their GP or practice nurse. Research from the charity also shows that almost half of older people are not registered with an NHS dentist, despite a pledge from the Government almost ten years ago promising that everyone would have easy access to an NHS dentist within two years. With a shortage in NHS dentists, pensioners on low fixed incomes are often forced to either pay privately for dental treatment or just go without.  Good oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of older people and enables people to eat comfortably, enjoy a healthy diet, and speak and socialise without embarrassment.

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No country for old lags

Author:
VALIOS Natalie
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 13.11.08, 2008, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

The number of older people in prison is rising, and many have chronic health and social care needs. This article describes three initiatives set up to address the problems facing older prisoners. Offender Health, a policy branch in the Department of health, has set up the Older Prisoners Action Group. The Older Prisoners Project on the Isle of Wight is developing an outcome-based assessment framework to identify the health and social care needs of older prisoners. Buddy schemes are also developing to provide a support network

Journal article

Delays in discharging elderly psychiatric in-patients

Authors:
HANIF Ifran, RATHOD Bhupendra
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 32(6), June 2008, pp.211-213.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The issue of elderly psychiatric patients remaining in hospitals after being declared medically fit is of concern to doctors, hospital managers and politicians alike. This article sets out the findings from a study involving elderly psychiatric patients at a district general hospital, undertaken to establish the actual lengths, reasons for and financial implications of delays in discharge. The study involved 50 in-patients, all of whom had been discharged over the 3-month study period.  More than half of the patients in the sample were subject to some delay in discharge and for patients waiting for Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) placements this averaged 50 days. Collectively, nearly 25% of the time spent in hospital was due to delay. The cost to the hospital was estimated at more than £700 000 in 1 year. Patients are being put at extra risk in terms of their health by being delayed in hospital. Issues of institutionalisation, nosocomial infections and falls are of primary concern.

Journal article

The socio-economic determinants of older people's health in Brazil: the importance of marital status and income

Authors:
BOS Antonio, BOS Angelo J.
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 27(3), May 2007, pp.385-405.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

Studies in various countries have reported that older people who are married have better health than older widows. This paper reports a replication of these analyses with Brazilian data. The main objective was to explore the relationships between marital status, individual and household income, and the health of men and women using ordered logistic regression with self-assessed health as the dependent variable. The explanatory variables of interest were gender, marital status, and individual and family income. The data are from a survey of 7,920 non-institutionalised older people resident in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in 1995. The survey used a structured, multi-disciplinary questionnaire, which collected information on demographic attributes, household composition, social relations, occupation, income and health status. The results show that widows were 20 per cent more likely to report better health than married women. The women without individual income had worse health than those who did, even after controlling for family income. For men, there were no significant differences in health by marital status. The main recommendation is that the health status and economic circumstances of married elderly women should be given more attention in both research and policy, certainly in Brazil and probably in other Latin American countries. Programmes of income support to the poorest households should include specific transfers to these elderly women. Brazil's Family Health and Older People's Health public programmes should place more emphasis on the health of elderly home-makers.

Book

Mouths, teeth and dentures: look good, feel better, eat well!

Author:
RELATIVES AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Publisher:
Relatives and Residents Association
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
4p.
Place of publication:
London

A practical guide to the problems of providing dental care in Homes. This booklet which explains in simple terms why good dental health and care are important, and the steps required to achieve these. Includes a dental health assessment form

Book

Best foot forward: older people and foot care

Authors:
JONES Ray, et al
Publisher:
Help the Aged
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
44p.
Place of publication:
London

One in four people aged over 65 needs podiatric care but is not receiving it. This report by  looks at the scale of unmet need among the older population and the likely longer-term outcome of not providing low-level podiatric services. It also suggests some innovative and cost-effective alternatives to traditional service delivery that could offer a way forward.

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Recipe for life: helping older people who live alone to eat well: final report of research

Authors:
JONES Chris, DEWAR Belinda, DONALDSON Caroline
Publisher:
Queen Margaret University College. Royal Bank of Scotland Centre for the Older Persons Agenda
Publication year:
2005
Pagination:
111p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

The report seeks to to: get a better understanding of the many factors that can lead to an older person who lives alone not eating well; get an understanding of the issues facing organisations which provide meals for older people; learn about positive policies and good practice ideas that are operating nationally and internationally; and discover some solutions to the problems older people face when trying to eat well.

Book

Retiring to Spain: everything you need to know

Author:
HOLBROOK Cyril
Publisher:
Age Concern
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
184p.
Place of publication:
London

Once free of the shackles of earning a living, thousands of people make the move to head south to the sun. Living there is an entirely different experience from going there on holiday. This book will help other people avoid many of the pitfalls, and make the transition to a sunny and healthy retirement a reality

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