Still not ready for ageing

Ready for Aging Alliance, September 2016

This paper assesses the government’s response to the UK’s ageing society and argues that action on tackling the challenges and maximising the opportunities of ageing has stalled. The Alliance calls for an urgent focus on social care in particular with the aim of achieving a sustainable long-term financial settlement.

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Social care for older people: Home truths

The King’s Fund, September 2016

This report, published jointly with the Nuffield Trust, looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England and considers the impact of cuts in local authority spending on social care providers and on older people, their families and carers. The picture that emerges is of social care providers under pressure, struggling to retain staff, maintain quality and stay in business; local authorities making unenviable choices about where to make reductions; a complex set of causes of delays in discharging older people from hospital; and the voluntary sector keeping services going even when funding was curtailed.

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Healthy Caring Guide

NHS England, April 2016

NHS England, in partnership with Carers UK, Carers Trust Age UK, Public Health England, and older carers themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring.

The Guide provides information and advice to carers about staying healthy whilst caring and identifies the support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.

While it is aimed at carers of any age, it is particularly relevant for carers aged around 65 years and those new to caring.

Click here for further information and to download the guide.

Effect of structured physical activity on prevention of serious fall injuries in adults aged 70-89: randomized clinical trial (LIFE Study)

BMJ, 3 February 2016

This study aims to test whether a long term, structured physical activity program compared with a health education program reduces the risk of serious fall injuries among sedentary older people with functional limitations.

The paper concludes that in this trial, which was underpowered to detect small, but possibly important reductions in serious fall injuries, a structured physical activity program compared with a health education program did not reduce the risk of serious fall injuries among sedentary older people with functional limitations. These null results were accompanied by suggestive evidence that the physical activity program may reduce the rate of fall related fractures and hospital admissions in men.

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Help them home: the challenges facing the families of older patients

Royal Voluntary Service, December 2015

This study, from Royal Voluntary Service, explores the experiences of families of older patients during hospital discharge and transition and reveals that while family networks come together at the point of crisis, many are unable to continue that support at home when their older relatives leave hospital.  The Royal Voluntary Service calls on communities, local authorities and the NHS to work in partnership to provide more volunteers in hospitals and support vulnerable older people in their homes following discharge from hospital.

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Stepped care for depression and anxiety in visually impaired older adults: multicentre randomised controlled trial

BMJ, 23 November 2015

This randomised controlled trial seeks to establish whether stepped care compared with usual care is effective in preventing the onset of major depressive, dysthymic, and anxiety disorders in older people with visual impairment (caused mainly by age related eye disease) and subthreshold depression and/or anxiety.

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