Health matters – Midlife approaches to reduce dementia risk

Source: Public Health England

Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing. This resource for health professionals and local authorities makes the case for action in midlife to promote healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk of dementia.

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Alcohol use across retirement – A qualitative study of drinking in later life

Source: Glasgow Centre for Population Health

This report presents the results of a qualitative exploration of older people’s drinking and the factors which influence their use of alcohol. In doing so, it locates alcohol use within the broader patterns, networks and routines that make up older people’s lives and suggests new ways of approaching alcohol use amongst older people.

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Late-life suicide – Insight on motives and contributors derived from suicide notes

Source: Journal of Affective Disorders

The aims of this study were: (i) to investigate the proportion of older people writing suicide notes in New Zealand; (ii) to compare the socio-demographic and clinical variables of older suicide note writers and non-note writers; and (iii) to perform a thematic analysis of the content of suicide notes.

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Smart devices study could transform health care for over 65s

Source: Scoop.co.nz

There’s good news for older New Zealanders worried about having to move out of their homes into residential care because of declining health.

A new study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) will investigate how different sources of information from a variety of digital devices could be integrated with information from sensors located in the home, or on a person (e.g., fitness devices), and distributed via social media networks to help monitor and manage the health of older people so that they can live in their homes for longer.

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Hospitalisation of older people before and after long-term care entry in Auckland, New Zealand

Source: Experimental Ageing Research

Global population projections forecast large growth in demand for long-term care (LTC) and acute hospital services for older people. Few studies report changes in hospitalisation rates before and after entry into LTC. This study compares hospitalisation rates 1 year before and after LTC entry.

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Shifting towards Autonomy – A Continuing Care Model for Canada

Source: C. D. Howe Institute

Canada’s provinces can learn important lessons from the debates and reforms in other developed countries. A number of them have faced the same challenges but have been much more proactive in establishing a framework for supporting greater independence among the elderly. In doing so, they have recognized that shifting more services to the home and community is a key goal.

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New campaign launched as dementia tops the list of health worries in Wales

Source: Change4Life Wales

Change4Life Wales and the Minister for Health and Social Services have launched a new campaign designed to help everyone in Wales take simple steps including getting active to reduce their risks of developing dementia.

The campaign calls on Welsh residents to ACT NOW and take the six steps outlined by the campaign to reduce their risk of developing dementia:

 

  • Active (physically and socially)
  • Check your health regularly
  • Try new things
  • No to smoking
  • Occasional alcohol in moderation
  • Watch your weight

 

The campaign was launched following a survey which revealed that 76% of people in Wales are worried about developing dementia later in life. Forget-me-not flowers are the symbol of the campaign and will be projected onto landmark buildings in North and South Wales to encourage residents to take the six steps.

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Growing old together – Sharing new ways to support old people

Source: NHS Confederation

The aim of the Commission was to produce guidance for people involved in designing care for older people. As well as the experience of those involved with the Commission, it was informed by over 60 evidence submissions, a series of site visits to areas and organisations using innovative ways to deliver care, conversations with NHS Confederation members and patient and carer groups, and by a literature review, including other reports and guidance on older people’s care.

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Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol and the Over 50s in the UK

Source: National Longevity Centre (UK)

Drink Wise, Age Well is a major new programme of work which will address the challenges of alcohol-related harm in older adults. Based in five demonstration areas across the UK, but with learnings shared across the nation, we will look to raise awareness of the issue of alcohol-related harm among people over 50, change attitudes, combat stigmatisation, convey harm reduction messages and influence community norms about the use of alcohol. The programme will develop a body of evidence on how to prevent and reduce alcoholrelated harm in people over 50 which will inform future practice in the UK.

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General Practitioners insight into deprescribing for the multimorbid older individual – a qualitative study

Source: International Journal of Clinical Practice

The majority of older people with chronic diseases are prescribed
multiple medicines resulting in polypharmacy. The extrapolation of the ‘single disease model’ represented by disease-specific guidelines is a major driver for polypharmacy. Polypharmacy is associated with negative health outcomes. Safely reducing or discontinuing harmful medicines, commonly referred to as deprescribing, has been shown to reduce adverse health outcomes, healthcare costs and mortality. However, there are barriers to deprescribing such as time constraints, limited appropriate clinical resources and the influence of multiple prescribers.

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