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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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Transforming mental health care for older veterans in the Veterans Health Administration

Authors:
KARLIN Bradley E., ZEISS Antonette M.
Journal article citation:
Generations, 34(2), Summer 2010, pp.74-83. Published online.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

Older adults often lack familiarity with mental health symptoms and services and may hold negative beliefs about mental health care that can prevent them from seeking treatment. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operates the largest and one of the most elaborate mental health care systems in the nation and perhaps the world. The recent history of the system is described. One successful new model for providing mental health care to older veterans that has been nationally implemented in the VHA is the integration of a full-time mental health provider on each of the more than 130 VA home-based primary care (HBPC) teams. Another major psychogeriatrics initiative involves the integration of a full-time mental health provider in VA community living centers (CLC), formerly designated as nursing home care units. It is critical that increasing national attention be devoted to the mental health needs of older Americans and that policies and processes be developed to extend the reach and potential impact of mental health care for older adults.

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What’s all this about evidence-based practice? The roots, the controversies, and why it matters

Authors:
RAHMAN Annie, APPLEBAUM Robert
Journal article citation:
Generations, 34(1), Spring 2010, pp.6-10. Published online.
Publisher:
American Society on Aging

The evolution of, advantages of and challenges to evidence-based practice are discussed. For the aging network, one of the biggest barriers to translating evidence-based research into practice stems from the important differences between the services the aging network provides and those delivered by the health sciences. In order for evidence-based practice to become a widely used approach, it must become a truly joint effort of both researchers and practitioners.

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Optimising quality sleep among older people in the community and care homes: Some key findings from a four-year collaborative research project

Authors:
VENN Susan, et al
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 20(4), October 2010, Online only
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

The SomnIA (Sleep in Ageing) project aimed to undertake a range of studies relating to understanding poor sleep in later life. SomnIA is a four year NDA Collaborative Research Project which comprises eight workpackages aimed at (a) understanding poor sleep in later life in the community and in care homes, (b) devising interventions to help with poor sleep in the community and in care homes, and (c) dissemination through academic and practitioner conferences and workshops, briefing papers and journal articles, and through the creation of a module on ‘Sleep problems in Later Life’ for the Healthtalkonline website. Key findings are presented.

Journal article

Does age at onset have clinical significance in older adults with bipolar disorder?

Authors:
CHU David, et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(12), December 2010, pp.1266-1271.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Using data from the Bipolar Disorder Center for Pennsylvanians Study, a randomised controlled study of people with bipolar disorder, this analysis looked at factors including demographics, psychopathology and treatment response to examine the effects of age at onset in bipolar disorder in older adults. The analysis covered 61 subjects aged 60 years and older, grouped by early (less than 40 years) or late (more than 40 years) age at onset. The groups were compared on psychiatric comorbidity, medical burden, and percentage of days well during study participation. The results showed that patients with early and late onset experienced similar percentages of days well, while those with early onset had a slightly higher percentage of days depressed than those with late onset. The researchers concluded that distinguishing older adults with bipolar disorder by early or late age at onset has limited clinical usefulness.

Journal

Australasian Journal of Ageing

Publisher:
John Wiley and Sons

This peer reviewed journal publishes original work in any area of gerontology and geriatric medicine. It welcomes international submissions, particularly from authors in the Asia Pacific region. Coverage on Social Care Online from this journal is limited to relevant systematic reviews only.

Book

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.

Book

Intermediate care of older people

Editors:
WADE Sian, (ed.)
Publisher:
Whurr
Publication year:
2004
Pagination:
34p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

This book explores what is understood by the concept of intermediate care in four parts: the concept and context; understanding ageing and the older person in society and in health care; planning, developing, monitoring and evaluating new services; and delivering care and preparing staff for delivery.

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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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