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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The health and care of older people 2015

Age UK, October 2015

This report presents an updated analysis of the state of social care as well as examining key trends across the NHS and presenting the latest insights into the health and care needs of an ageing population.

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Better access to mental health services for older people – Professor Alistair Burns and Dr James Warner

NHS England, 9 October 2015

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Older People’s Mental Health, and the Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Old Age Faculty, highlight the need for age appropriate psychiatry for the elderly…

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Ageing: the silver lining: the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society for local government

Local Government Association, June 2015

This report sets out the increasing contribution to society and the economy older people can make through empowered local government and challenges the commonly-held belief that an ageing population is a burden. It also discusses the potential challenges that an ageing society poses and explores the implications for health and social care amongst other issues.

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At a cross-roads: the future likelihood of low incomes in old age

International Longevity Centre, June 2015

This paper outlines that there are a number of key risks facing older and younger age groups which could lead to a low standard of living in retirement.  It argues that a strategy for later life funding must secure effective funding for adult social care. The paper recommends implementing the Dilnot reforms and finding ways of ensuring the provision of mass market financial advice.

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How can and should UK society adjust to dementia?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 22 June 2015

The publication explores the application of the social model of disability to dementia. It looks in detail at what this social model is, and where it has come from, bringing together the authors’ interests in disability and ageing, and training in disability studies and health and social geography.

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