The role of home adaptations in improving later life

Centre for Ageing Better, November 2017

This review provides evidence to make the case for the importance and effectiveness of adaptations, primarily to influence policy-makers at national and local levels, practitioners and local commissioners. The objective is to strengthen their focus on housing in their strategic plans, and commit increased effort and resources to delivering both more extensive, better coordinated, more timely and personalised repair and adaptations services and better information and advice services.

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Making the economic case for investing in actions to prevent and/or tackle loneliness: a systematic review: a briefing paper

Campaign to End Loneliness, September 2017

This research, carried out by the London School of Economics, reviews the evidence on the economic impact of loneliness interventions. It finds that up to £3 of health care costs can be saved for every £1 spent on an effective intervention on loneliness.

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Is late-life dependency increasing or not? A comparison of the Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS)

The Lancet,  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31575-1 

Little is known about how the proportions of dependency states have changed between generational cohorts of older people. This study aims to estimate years lived in different dependency states at age 65 years in 1991 and 2011, and make new projections of possible future demand for care.  The study estimates that further an extra 71 215 care home places could be required by 2025.

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Health and Care of Older People in England 2017

Age UK, February 2017

This report draws on new statistics as well as new Age UK analysis highlighting the immense challenges facing older people needing support, with 1 in 8 over 65s now living with unmet care needs.

The report demonstrates the immense challenges facing older people who need care, the numbers of whom increase every day, and the impact of the failure to provide it on their health and wellbeing, as well as the NHS.

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Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Public Health England, November 2016

This resource is intended for local authority and clinical commissioning groups to identify what types of interventions they should focus on to help the uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours and promote cognitive health among older adults living in the community.

It is also intended for providers of lifestyle behaviour change programmes to support the development of evidence-informed prevention packages for older adults.

It is produced in a way that makes it accessible to public health managers and practitioners working in the public, private and third sector.

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Creating Age Friendly Cities

Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, October 2016

As the number of older people living in cities increases, there is growing recognition that cities need to become ‘age-friendly’ to help people remain independent and active as they age. This briefing from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) examines how housing, outdoor spaces and transport can be made more age-friendly.

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Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people

Age UK, October 2016

This report finds that the current availability of mental health services does not meet the increasingly high demand from our ageing population.Currently 3 million people in the UK over the age of 60 are living with depression and this figure is set to rise to 4.3 million in the next 15 years due to the growing number of older people in our society.  The report found that over a third of Mental Health Trusts in England have no policies for providing integrated care for people over 65 with both mental and physical health needs.

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