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Services for elderly people: policy statement

Author:
LANCASHIRE. Social Services Department
Publisher:
Lancashire. Social Services Department
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
45p.,tables.
Place of publication:
Preston

Outlines the aims and objectives of the service and makes proposals for change. Details problems faced by staff working with elderly mentally infirm people and their carers. Goes on to detail policy and practice for home help and care, meals on wheels, relationships between housing departments and housing associations, residential care, day care, and other services. Finally, looks at training, relations with voluntary organisations, finances and interagency cooperation.

Journal article

Fare's fair? Concessionary travel policy and social justice

Authors:
HOUSTON Donald, TILLEYED Sara
Journal article citation:
Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(2), 2016, pp.187-207.
Publisher:
Policy Press

This paper argues that transport has an important influence on individuals' welfare and therefore transport policy can be readily analysed from social justice and welfare policy perspectives – yet only rarely ever is. The paper develops a justice framework in which to assess the 'fairness' of the eligibility criteria used in concessionary fare policies – specifically the justice principles of need, desert, equality, option choices and affordability. The paper examines a concessionary bus fares policy from a social justice perspective, including an empirical assessment of who in practice benefits most from it and how these findings measure against justice principles. (Publisher abstract)

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The top of the ladder

Author:
WOOD Claudia
Publisher:
DEMOS
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
95
Place of publication:
London

Many older people in the UK are at "the top of the ladder", living in houses that are too large or no longer suited to their needs. Enabling this group to move to smaller properties will free up family homes, and in turn free up smaller properties for first and second time buyers. One solution to the shortage of housing would be to enable older people to move out of large family homes into more suitable and smaller properties. However, there are currently very few specialist properties: only 2% of the UK housing stock (533,000 homes) meets the needs of older people, most of which is in the social rented sector. This report examines the wider benefits of building more homes suitable for older people, citing research by the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) on lifetime homes..It also examines the policy background and obstacles to supply and demand. It suggests tackling problems with planning, working in partnership at national and local level, and offerring practical help locally to enable older people to move. (Original abstract)

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Government response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change report of session 2012-13: 'Ready for ageing?' Presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Department of Health
Publisher:
TSO
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
40
Place of publication:
London

This Government welcomes the House of Lords Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change report 'Ready for ageing?', published on 14 March 2013. (HL 140 session 2012-13). The Government summarises its response as "Enabling people to live longer, more prosperous and healthier lives", and that it has "taken further major steps to address the challenges of an ageing society" since the report's publication. It responds to each theme in the Committee's report: extending working lives; secure retirement income; the health and care system; enabling, promoting and supporting independence; and looking to the future. It concludes that the House of Lords report "provides a valuable contribution to an ongoing public debate" and "It is vital that this remains a live issue for Government, the wider public sector and for society as a whole." (Original abstract)

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Ready for Ageing? Report of session 2012–13

Author:
GREAT BRITAIN. Parliament. House of Lords. Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change
Publisher:
Stationery Office
Publication year:
2013
Place of publication:
London

This report warns that the Government and our society are woefully under-prepared for ageing. The Committee says that longer lives can be a great benefit, but there has been a collective failure to address the implications and without urgent action this great boon could turn into a series of miserable crises. The report covers a broad range of policy areas, providing a comprehensive analysis of the potential impact of an ageing population on public services. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Dementia: a public health priority

Authors:
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ALZHEIMER'S INTERNATIONAL
Publisher:
World Health Organization
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
112p.
Place of publication:
Geneva

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia is a syndrome caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affects memory, thinking, behaviour and ability to perform everyday activities. The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 35.6 million, and this number is likely to double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050. Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but also for their caregivers and families. There is lack of awareness and understanding of dementia in most countries, resulting in stigmatisation, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacting caregivers, families and societies physically, psychologically and economically. The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of dementia as a public health priority, to articulate a public health approach, and to advocate for action at international and national levels. The report is expected to facilitate governments, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to address the impact of dementia as an increasing threat to global health. The hope is that key messages will promote dementia as a public health and social care priority worldwide.

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Older people's experiences of renting privately

Authors:
RUGG Julie, CROUCHER Karen
Publisher:
Age Concern; Help the Aged
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
London

The strategic importance of the private rented sector in meeting the housing needs of older people and in extending their housing choices is likely to increase. This project used qualitative methods to explore the experiences of older people living in the private rented sector and considered ways in which the findings could be used to frame a private rented sector strategy for this age group. Thirty face-to-face interviews were undertaken with 32 people aged between 54 and 89 who were or had recently been living in the private rented sector. The findings showed that the experiences of older people in the private rented sector are highly diverse. The report considers: the variation of experience; affordability; property quality; care and adaptations; management standards; and security of tenure. It also proposes key elements of a private rented sector strategy including an accommodation register, advice on Local Housing Allowance, and monitoring of regulated tenancies. The report concludes that the strategy needs to be flexible and non-prescriptive, and that any interventions must not distort the rental housing market or dissuade landlords from renting to this part of the market.

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Navigating the way: the future care and well-being of older people

Author:
RESOLUTION FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Resolution Foundation
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
56p.
Place of publication:
London

Navigating the Way: the future care and well being of older people was launched in the House of Commons on 8 December 2008. The report sets out a vision for the care and support of older people and is the culmination of several pieces of research and consultation with a wide range of experts and stakeholders.

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The strategy for older people in Wales 2008-2013: living longer living better

Author:
WALES. Welsh Assembly Government
Publisher:
Wales. Welsh Assembly Government
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
58p.
Place of publication:
Cardiff

This Strategy is the product of extensive consultation, research and expert views about the lives of older people in Wales both now and in the future. The aims, objectives and more detailed programmes and projects reflect the findings of the report of the Advisory Group ‘When I’m 64…..and more’ published in May 2002 and over 100 responses to it.

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Review of older people's engagement with government

Author:
ELBOURNE John
Publisher:
Great Britain. Department for Work and Pensions
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
83p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

On 22 May 2008, the Minister for Pensions Reform, Mike O’Brien announced that John Elbourne had been asked to: “Examine the current arrangements for the engagement of older people and the ability of those arrangements to inform policy and actions of Government at all levels".  John publishes this emerging finding  on 9 October 2008. On 18 November 2008, John presented his final report to Government. To ensure that everyone with an interest in this important area has an opportunity to provide views on John’s findings and recommendations, Rosie Winterton, Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society is inviting comments.

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