Families Caring for an Ageing America

Source: The National Academies Press

Family caregiving affects millions of Americans every day, in all walks of life. At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are caregivers of an older adult with a health or functional limitation. The nation’s family caregivers provide the lion’s share of long-term care for our older adult population. They are also central to older adults’ access to and receipt of health care and community-based social services. Yet the need to recognize and support caregivers is among the least appreciated challenges facing the aging U.S. population.

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Hidden carers: the sixty-somethings looking after parents and grandchildren

Source: The Guardian

Beverley works full-time. She does her grandchildren’s school run every morning, and spends one evening a week and every Saturday with her 85-year-old mother, who lives alone and is increasingly frail.

“This isn’t how I pictured being 60. I do think, gosh, when will I be allowed to get old myself?” Beverley said. “I thought I’d be slowing down now and shedding my responsibilities, but I’m going to be juggling work and caring for many years to come – with the caring lasting well past retirement age.”

Beverley is part of the sandwich generation – people who care for ageing parents while supporting their children.

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cycle BOOM: Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing

Source: cycle BOOM

Cycling can contribute to physical and mental health and wellbeing among an ageing UK population. For example, by providing a means of engaging with the outdoor environment for recreation and relaxation, as well as a way of accomplishing everyday activities such as visiting friends or going to the shops.

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Breaking down the barriers: Older people and complaints about health care

Source: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

A report providing a number of broad recommendations for healthcare policy makers and organisations to improve older peoples’ experiences of the complaints system.

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Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities

Source: Senate of Canada

A fully-funded National Dementia Strategy is urgently needed to support caregivers, research efforts and Canadians living with dementia.

Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology made 29 recommendations to improve the quality of dementia care and research in Canada in an extensive report released late last year called Dementia in Canada: A National Strategy for Dementia-Friendly Communities.

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Leaky homes saga: older homeowners hurting, research finds

Source: NZ Herald

Older people stuck in leaky homes have been especially vulnerable to health problems and financial stress that has come with the saga, a new study finds.

It’s estimated about 80,000 homes and apartments built between 1991 and 2005 used products and methods that have not proved weathertight, of which about 12,000 have been repaired privately or with the help of government assistance.

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Dementia cases to surge to 170,000: new report

Source: NZ Herald

The number of New Zealanders living with dementia will increase by close to 300 per cent to 170,000 by 2050, a new report estimates.

The Economic Impact of Dementia report, carried out by Deloitte and commissioned by Alzheimers New Zealand, was launched at Parliament recently by Seniors Minister Maggie Barry.

Catherine Hall, Alzheimers NZ chief executive, said new models of care were urgently needed as dementia cases in New Zealand triple over the next 30 years.

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Staying put: developing dementia-friendly care and support for people with a learning disability

Source: Voluntary Organisations Disability Group

Staying put focuses on how best to support the growing numbers of people with the condition. The publication aims to improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and dementia, addressing the challenges to this goal.

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Mental wellbeing and independence for older people

Source: NICE

This quality standard covers interventions to maintain and improve the mental wellbeing and independence of people aged 65 or older, and how to identify those at risk of a decline. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement. It does not cover the mental wellbeing and independence of people who live in a care home or attend one on a day-only basis.

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Evaluation of an Intervention to Prevent Falls

Source: RAND Corporation

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked the RAND Corporation to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention designed to prevent falls in the elderly, with a particular focus on fall-related injuries and on health care costs.

Researchers linked data collected during a randomized trial to Medicare enrollment and claims files to compare health care costs and the frequency of fall-related emergency department (ED) visits between treatment and control groups. Using claims from both before and after trial enrollment, they adjusted for baseline differences and used intention-to-treat analyses, thereby overcoming limitations inherent in the outcome data collected during the trial.

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