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Financial abuse of older people in Northern Ireland: the unsettling truth

Author:
COMMISSIONER FOR OLDER PEOPLE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Publisher:
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
24
Place of publication:
Belfast

This study provides evidence of the scope and scale of the financial abuse of older people in Northern Ireland. The study interviewed 1,025 people older people (aged 60 and over) across Northern Ireland were surveyed in relation to financial abuse. They were asked 29 questions in relation to their personal finances, money-management and decision-making in the last 12 months. The results found that that 21 per cent of older people surveyed had experienced some kind of financial abuse. The most prevalent forms of financial abuse identified were issues relating to money and possessions (7 per cent of respondents); buying and selling goods (6 per cent of respondents); and issues relating to charity contributions (4 per cent of respondents). Other types of financial abuse identified included: coercion to sign and fraudulent use of signatures; changes to legal and financial documents and investments; experience of coercion; bank account activity; deception and misuse of money; and issues relating to inheritance and power of attorney. Based on the result of the survey sample, which was representative of Northern Ireland’s older population, the findings suggest that over 75,000 older people are experiencing some form of financial abuse in Northern Ireland. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Exploring the attitudes and behaviours of older people living with cancer

Author:
IPSOS MORI
Publisher:
Ipsos MORI
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
86
Place of publication:
London

This study identifies a range of attitudes and perceptions which shape the way that older people access cancer services, influencing when and how they seek help, as well as the outcomes they experience. The findings are based on two online panel surveys of 1,004 adults aged 55 and over living with cancer and 500 adults of the same age range who have never had a cancer diagnosis. In addition, fieldwork was undertaken and 26 in-depth interviews with people aged 55 and over living with cancer and two focus groups with older people who have never had cancer carried out. A number of key themes emerge from the research, including: there are differences in the views of older people with cancer and those who have not been diagnosed with cancer, with those with direct experience of the condition having more positive perceptions about it; some of the preconceptions that people may hold about older people’s attitudes have been challenged, for example, older people are no more likely to choose not to have treatment than younger people, and no more likely to be concerned about the consequences of having treatment; a series of misconceptions about the risk of cancer and eligibility for screening may impact upon early diagnosis efforts and should be addressed; older people are more likely than younger people to place trust in their health professionals but at the same time believe that discrimination against older people does exist (albeit not necessarily in their personal experience); nonetheless, older people say they are willing to seek help, but are not necessarily aware of the services that exist to support them. Independence matters to older people. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Food and nutrition security at risk in later life: evidence from the United Kingdom Expenditure and Food Survey

Author:
DEEMING Chris
Journal article citation:
Journal of Social Policy, 40(3), July 2011, pp.471-492.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Place of publication:
Cambridge

Food insecurity exists when people do not have the physical or economic access to obtain sufficient quantities of nutritious food. Nutrition insecurity is the failure to meet recommended dietary guidelines. This article examines the household characteristics associated with food and nutrition security in the United Kingdom population aged 60 years and over. Data are taken from the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS), a continuous cross-sectional survey of household expenditure, food consumption and income. Three years of survey data (2002–05) provided a total sample of 5,600 households, comprising 3,069 single persons and 2,556 couples, all aged 60 and over. Household food consumption was evaluated using national Dietary Reference Values recommended by the Department of Health. A multivariate logistic regression model examined the risk of being food and nutrition insecure by individual and household characteristics. The results show that the vast majority of household diets lacked sufficient quantity or quality of food. Certain sections of the older population are significantly more at risk of food insecurity than others, namely low-income households, the oldest-old, elderly from black and minority ethnic groups, those with a disability, and men living alone. Targeted policies may be required to help ensure that some of the most vulnerable members of society achieve healthy balanced diets.

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Putting people first in the south west: a market assessment

Author:
SOUTH WEST HOUSING LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT NETWORK
Publisher:
DH Care Networks. Housing Learning and Improvement Network
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
37p.
Place of publication:
London

This report describes a study aiming to develop an understanding of the current position in the South West in the planning and delivery of housing services to meet the needs and aspirations of its ageing population. The South West Housing and Improvement Network commissioned the Institute of Public Care to carry out a market assessment through a series of surveys. There were 8 surveys produced, each tailored to particular stakeholders potentially involved in and able to influence this planning and delivery process: commissioners in adult social care, strategic housing, supporting people, health, and planners; and providers in housing, housing related support, and care. The aim of the surveys was to develop an understanding of current activity in each of these areas, and identify examples of good practice that could be shared across the region. This report provides the results of this market assessment providing a description of the methodology used and the response rate, an overview of responses across the region, the identification of good practice and barriers as highlighted by respondents, and the key challenges and areas where respondents feel that regional support would be useful. The benchmark position provided by the surveys will be used as a starting point for the development of a regional action plan, building on the support activities already underway across the region to support the development of extra care housing, and informing the work of a regional Housing Support Unit.

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Older people in Scotland: results from the Scottish Household Survey 1999-2002

Authors:
MACDONALD Charlotte, RAAB Gillian
Publisher:
Scotland. Scottish Executive. Social Research
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
61p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This analysis of Scottish Household Survey (SHS) data is designed to inform that strategy and to highlight trends in social and demographic characteristics. The report is based on 4 years of SHS data from 1999-2002 and follows on from an earlier report by the same authors which utilised data from 1999 - the first year of the SHS. In order to give a more detailed picture of the lives of older people, the SHS results are supplemented by census 2001 results, UK government statistics and findings from research

Journal article

The power of research

Author:
WILLIAMS Michael
Journal article citation:
Working with Older People, 9(1), March 2005, pp.27-30.
Publisher:
Emerald

The group research adviser of Hanover, one of the UK's largest providers of housing for older people, explains why it is adopting the kind of market research conducted by large commercial companies to find out the public's reactions to and 'saleability' of new products.

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Research into practice

Author:
MANTHORPE Jill
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 29.5.03, 2003, p.42.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Reports on four research projects which suggests ways in which older people can tell others about their everyday routines and experiences, and how this information can help to inform care plans.

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Direct payments for older people in Wales survey

Author:
DIX Jackie
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 13(1), January 2003, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

Briefly reports on a small survey carried out by Age Concern Cymru which surveyed local authorities in June 2002. Summaries the number of local authorities offering direct payments, number of older people receiving direct payments, and schemes under development

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Trends in informal care in Great Britain during the 1990s

Author:
HIRST Michael
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 9(6), November 2001, pp.348-357.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This article presents new evidence from annual surveys of the size and composition of the carer population during the 1990s. It describes and interprets recent trends in the prevalence of informal care among adults in Great Britain and estimates absolute and relative changes in the carer population. Goes on to investigate changes in patterns of caregiving, who cares for whom and the time spent on caring activities, to help identify some of the factors that might be shaping informal care in the future years.

Journal article

The perceived benefits of participating in volunteer and educational activities

Authors:
MORROW-HOWELL Nancy, KINNEVY Susan, MANN Marylen
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 32(2), 1999, pp.65-80.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Outlines a programme evaluation of OASIS, a national non-profit organisation in the USA, which provides educational and volunteer opportunities to people over the age of 55. The survey results indicated that older adults perceive that they benefit from participation in these activities.

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