An ageing society is a “game changer” for the health and care services, but what approach to funding, planning and training in order to meet the changes the coming years will bring.
Personalisation has become the policy buzz-word of the twenty-first century. But in a new book Peter Beresford, one of Britain’s foremost social work academics, argues it has been introduced on the basis of flimsy evidence and turns care into a commodity offered for profit.
Does internet use make older people less or more lonely? A new paper finds social isolation is lower among internet users aged 65 or over, and may be a useful way of reducing social isolation. Researchers found those who used the internet regularly reported greater life satisfaction.
Could encouraging immigration be a sensible short-term response to the problems of an ageing population? We look at two ageing populations – Japan and the UK – to see what can be learned.
Lord Victor Adebowale explains why we may need to shift our gaze from the young to the old when it comes to drinking and what this means for policy makers seeking to tackle the social, health and economic impacts of alcohol misuse.
The pathways into living alone in mid-life are diverse. But what are the implications for those people living alone in mid-life who may then need family and financial support for their care in later life?
HelpAge International has launched the Global AgeWatch Index 2013 – the first ever to measure the quality of life and well-being of older people around the world. The Index covers 89% of the world’s older people in 91 countries and highlights those countries, which are not yet serving the needs of older people. According to […]
A landmark change in the law, announced by the government this week signals the start of a new era of support for thousands of children in England caring for their parents, siblings and family members says the Carers Trust.
If we want to have a proper civic conversation, it’s time to do something about the critical shortage of social scientists with the skills needed to analyse and evaluate data argues David Walker.
The result of Government cuts can only lead to poorer public health, increasing health inequalities, and disrupted local health structures with fewer resources to cope, according to a series of papers published by Demos. Health in Austerity also casts doubt on whether current policies leave the NHS equipped to deal with longer-term trend of an […]