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Find the right care home: a step-by-step companion

Authors:
HURTLEY Rosemary, JONES Julia Burton
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
192p.
Place of publication:
London

This book guides the reader step-by-step through the process of finding the right care home for a loved one.

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Understanding the risks of social exclusion across the life course: older age

Authors:
BECKER Elizabeth, BOREHAM Richard
Publisher:
Great Britain. Cabinet Office. Social Exclusion Task Force
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
92p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Older people can face a range of problems which can be thought of as risk markers of social exclusion: low income, limited contact with others, and poor health. This report describes the multidimensional nature of social exclusion and the risk markers older people experience, and asks how clusters of markers vary. It then discusses risk marker dynamics and policy directions.

Journal article

Who benefits from volunteering? Variations in perceived benefits

Authors:
MORROW-HOWELL Nancy, HONG Song-Lee, TANG Fengyan
Journal article citation:
Gerontologist, 49(1), February 2009, pp.91-102.
Publisher:
Gerontological Society of America

The purpose of this study was to document the benefits of volunteering perceived by older adults and to explain variation in these self-perceived benefits. This is a quantitative study of 13 volunteer programs in the US and 401 older adults serving in those programs. Program directors completed telephone interviews, and older volunteers completed mailed surveys. Volunteer-level and program-level data were merged. Older volunteers reported a wide variety of benefits to the people they served, themselves, their families, and communities. More than 30% reported that they were "a great deal better off" because of volunteering, and almost 60% identified a benefit to their families. When considering only individual characteristics, lower-income and lower-educated volunteers reported more benefit. Yet, aspects of the volunteer experience, like amount of involvement, adequacy of training and ongoing support, and stipends, were more important in understanding who benefits from volunteering. These findings suggest that characteristics of volunteer programs can be strengthened to maximize the benefits of volunteering to older adults. These characteristics are more mutable by public policies and organizational procedures than individual characteristics. Focusing on the recruitment of lower socioeconomic status older adults may result in an increase in benefits from the growth of volunteering.

Journal article

Mistreatment of older people in the United Kingdom: findings from the first National Prevalence Study

Authors:
BIGGS Simon, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 20(1), January 2009, pp.1-14.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

The National Prevalence Study of Elder Mistreatment took place in 2006 and included 2,111 respondents aged 66 and over from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who answered a face-to-face questionnaire. Mistreatment by family members, close friends or care workers was reported by 2.6%, with the most common form being neglect (1.1%) followed by financial abuse (0.6%), psychological abuse (0.4%), physical abuse (0.4%) and sexual abuse (0.2%). Women were significantly more likely to have experienced mistreatment than men but there were gender differences according to type of abuse and perpetrator, and divergent patterns for neglect, financial and interpersonal abuse. Further analysis of the data also indicated that the likelihood of mistreatment varied according to socioeconomic position and health status.

Journal

Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

Publisher:
Elsevier

This title covers the fields of experimental gerontology and clinical and social geriatrics. Coverage includes experimental papers dealing with the basic mechanisms of aging at molecular, cellular, tissue or organ levels. Papers on the social aspects of geriatrics are also included if they are of general interest regarding the epidemiology of ageing and the efficiency and working methods of the social organizations for the health care of the elderly. Coverage on Social Care Online from this journal is limited to relevant systematic reviews only.

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Nutritional care and older people

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 14.5.09, 2009, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Highlights research findings around the nutritional care of older people.

Journal article

Considerably better than the alternative: positive aspects of getting older

Author:
GARNER Jane
Journal article citation:
Quality in Ageing, 10(1), March 2009, pp.5-8.
Publisher:
Pier Professional
Place of publication:
Brighton

Older people tend to be viewed negatively as being needy, dependent and frail. These assumptions may be reinforced by policies that focus on the consequences of physical and mental decline. This paper argues for a more balanced and positive view. The wisdom and experience of older people is a vital resource for UK society.

Journal article

The prevalence of anxiety in older adults: methodological issues and a review of the literature

Authors:
BRYANT Christina, JACKSON Henry, AMES David
Journal article citation:
Journal of Affective Disorders, 109(3), 2008, pp.233-250.
Publisher:
Elsevier

A systematic review of literature on anxiety in people over 60, published between 1980 and 2007, finds prevalence rates for anxiety disorders of 1.2% to 15% in community settings, and 1% to 28% in clinical settings. The prevalence of anxiety symptoms is much higher, ranging from 15% to 52.3% in community samples, and 15% to 56% in clinical samples. These discrepancies are partly attributable to conceptual and methodological inconsistencies in the literature. The review finds that Generalised Anxiety Disorder is the most common anxiety disorder among older people, but issues relating to co-morbidity and the nature of anxiety in old age remain unresolved. This hampers the design of interventions and highlights the need for further research with a primary focus on anxiety.

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Improving care for older people: good practice examples

Author:
SOCIAL WORK INSPECTION AGENCY
Publisher:
Social Work Inspection Agency
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
10p.
Place of publication:
Edinburgh

This paper sets out a range of good practice examples of services for older people, including people with dementia, which were seen during performance inspections of 18 local authority social work services in Scotland to end of December 2007.

Journal

American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Publisher:
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

This Journal contains peer-reviewed articles on the diagnosis and classification of psychiatric disorders of later life, epidemiological and biological correlates of mental health of older adults, and psychopharmacology and other somatic treatments. Coverage on Social Care Online from this journal is limited to relevant systematic reviews only.

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