A new report from Independent Age considers the UK in 2030, looking at the best and worst futures for older people in the UK. The report states that if current trends continue, in just 15 years’ time the number of people over 65 with a long-term illness could rise by 44% and those suffering with…
The ALLIANCE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) has launched the first of five insight papers on third sector experience of Reshaping Care for Older People (RCOP). The series of publications called How’s it Shaping Up? will present the team’s findings from research undertaken with third sector Interfaces, national third sector organisations and housing associations. The remaining…
A new NHS England report clearly states that if frail older people are supported in living independently and understanding their long-term conditions, and educated to manage them effectively, they are less likely to reach crisis, require urgent care support and experience harm. NHS England have launched a practical guidance document that summarises the evidence of…
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is producing a Department of Health-funded accredited digital guide on home care for older people with complex needs. The project, guided by an advisory group of service users, carers, providers and commissioners, will draw on published research evidence as well as practice examples. SCIE are asking people to…
The team within the Department of Health leading on the development of the Vulnerable Older People’s Plan will publish a paper – No One Left Alone – in January setting out a vision for proactive, integrated and patient-centred out-of-hospital care for over-75s. National Voices has been liaising with the team, following meeting with them earlier in the year, and…
Macmillan are worried that older people are sometimes offered cancer treatment based on their age rather than their physical condition. They set up the The Age Old Excuse campaign, which calls for Older people to be offered treatment and care based on their fitness rather than their age Services to be made accessible to meet the…
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is “Self Care for Life – growing older healthily”. Local organisations are encouraged to use the range of national resources freely available from the DH and Self Care Forum websites and adapt them to fit what they are doing locally to promote support for self care.
There are many ways you can support Self Care Week – to get involved go to the web site and download the communications information sheet and see examples of previous years initiatives.
The aim of the study was to explore frail elderly patients’ experiences of receiving information about their medications and their views on how the information should best be given. The results revealed that the experiences which the elderly participants had regarding the receiving of medical information fell into two main categories: “Comfortable with information” or “Insecure with information”. The elderly felt comfortable when they trusted their physician or their medication, when they received enough information from the prescriber or when they knew how to find out sufficient information by themselves. Factors that frequently caused insecurity about information and anxiety were too short consultations, lack of availability of someone to answer questions or of the opportunity to contact the physician if adverse effects are suspected.
Taking medicines for chronic illnesses both to treat symptoms and to prevent diseases gettingworse is common in older people. However, taking too many medicines can cause harm. This Cochrane review examines studies in which healthcare professionals have taken action to make sure that older people are receiving the most effective and safe medication for their illness. The review provides limited evidence that interventions, such as pharmaceutical care, may be successful in ensuring that older people are receiving the right medicines and reducing medication-related problems in this group, but it is not clear if this always results in clinical improvements.
The 2nd College of Medicine Annual Conference will look at answers to the challenge of how healthy ageing can be achieved, and how care can be provided sustainably. With a combination of practical pre-conference workshops, keynote addresses and inspiring presentations from leading UK and international practitioners, clinicians and researchers, join the conference to explore new solutions towards healthy ageing. The conference takes place in London on 4 May 2012.