Ideas for the NHS long-term plan from the Centre for Ageing Better

Centre for Ageing Better, June 2018

This paper sets out the case for why NHS England should make some bold commitments to healthy ageing in its long-term plan and suggests some ideas for actions it could take and some areas for action with others. It looks at:

  • Prevention
  • Supporting people managing long-term conditions and living with disabilities
  • Work and health
  • Housing and health

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That Age Old Question

Royal Society for Public Health, June 2018

Royal Society for Public Health report that reveals that ageist views are held across the generations, and that an ageing society is viewed by many as a challenge rather than an opportunity. We are making a number of recommendations aimed at addressing some of the key drivers and negative consequences of societal ageism. It calls for:

  • Bringing services such as nurseries, youth clubs, and care homes under the same roof
  • Positive ageing to be addressed within schools
  • Employers and government to support employee wellbeing and resilience in preparation for later life
  • Employers and government to promote age diversity in workplaces
  • Healthcare professionals to be trained on the effects of ageism in clinical and care settings
  • Ageing and ageism in wider society
  • An independent review of the representation of older people in the media
  • The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) to include “age” in the
  • Editors’ Code of Practice as a characteristic by which journalists must not discriminate
  • Facebook to include “age” as a protected characteristic in its community standards on hate speech
  • An end to the use of the term “anti-ageing” in the cosmetics and beauty industries

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Behind the Headlines: the battle to get care at home

Age UK, June 2018

Age UK report that finds families it seems, getting access to decent quality, reliable home care, and maintaining it, is a real battle. Key issues are:

  • Long waits to get an assessment
  • Services that are disjointed or simply unresponsive
  • Social services refusing to get involved
  • Fundamental lack of capacity in the system
  • Poor quality services and support
  • Support and services being cut back
  • Help for families providing care being withdrawn

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Health, Ageing and Support: survey of views of people aged 50 and over: A study for the Department of Health

Department of Health and Social Care, May 2018

This report provides the results from an Ipsos MORI survey of the views of people aged 50 or over on health, ageing and support. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care, and fieldwork took place between 4 January and 21 February 2016.  Key findings are:

  • People aged 50 and over take their physical and mental health seriously; they name numerous actions they take to maintain their health. Eating healthily is seen as important for both physical and mental health.
  • However, nearly half do not think a healthy lifestyle can prevent dementia.
  • Loneliness is seen as a big problem for older people and people aged 50 and over think society is not doing enough to prevent it.
  • Attitudes to care and support services are mixed but generally less positive than we see for the NHS. There are still large numbers unable to give an opinion either way (as seen in the 2015 Public Perceptions of the NHS and Social Care Tracker Survey).
  • There are doubts over whether hospitals provide the same standard of emergency care seven days a week.
  • There is a long way to go in terms of uptake of new digital channels, but this age group (who are higher service users) are more likely than the general public to have used them.
  • There is a lot more to do to ensure people prepare for future care costs and have the support they need to care for those close to them.

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Voices from the social care crisis :An opportunity to end a broken system, once and for all –

The Care and Support Alliance, May 2018

Care and Support Alliance report on how the social care crisis is affecting the day to day lives of older people, working aged disabled people and unpaid carers across the country.  It identifies that currently at least 1.2 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010.  An estimated £6.3bn will have been taken out of adult social care in real terms since 2010 and the cuts to budgets between 2010 and 2017 now total 49%.

Calls on the Government to develop  a social care system creates independence and that ensures recipients not only get the basics, but also have access to the care and support they need to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.  It should be preventative, high quality and deliver person-centered care and support.  It should not rely on the NHS having to save the day when there’s no other support on offer.

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An Evaluation of the Standing Together Project

Mental Health Foundation, May 2018

The Standing Together project sought investigate the impact of peer-support groups on the health and wellbeing of older people. This report outlines the results of the project evaluation and it finds evidence to suggest that peer-support groups can help to increase social connectedness among older people, thus improving their quality of life.

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