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Integrating health and social care budgets

Over the last decade, Britain’s public services have faced a number of challenges related to a changing population profile, growing demands from more assertive users, and the need for a more sustainable model of delivery. The UK’s huge fiscal deficit will now add the most pressing and complicated challenge of all: cutting expenditure on public services while maintaining quality and user satisfaction.

A national study of ageing and HIV (50 plus)

This report contains the views and concerns of people with HIV aged 50 and over, living into an old age that many of them never expected to see. The social care needs of this rapidly growing group have not previously been addressed in the UK. The 50 Plus research project asked 410 of them – 1 in 25 of all those currently being seen for care – for their views on their current and future lives. The report also analysed the resulting data to compare three of the largest subgroups: gay/bisexual men, black African women and white heterosexuals.

Multi-agency approach and the youth justice system; Ageing (Radio 4 series: Thinking Allowed)

This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series consists of two segments. In the first Laurie Taylor is joined by Rob Hornsby who as a trainee sociologist got an insight into the current workings of the Youth Justice System when he worked as an Appropriate Adult at a police station, supporting young offenders following their initial arrest.

Managing resources in later life

This report explores the changing lives of older people and shows how resources are used to manage change and maintain stability. An ageing population continues to be of policy concern, in relation to meeting the needs of older people now, and for future welfare provision. This research explores how older people plan, use and value the different resources available to them. Resources are broadly defined, to explore the relative value of different structural, social and individual resources and how they interlink.

2056 : what future for Maggie's children?

Document containing a series of essays which examine the challenges facing 'Maggie's children', those born between 1980 and 1995, and their prospects for the later stages of their lives in 50 years time. Topics discussed include pensions, health and social care and education and recommendations are made as to how these challenges can be met.

Talking with your older patient : a clinician's handbook

What are effective ways to interact with older patients, particularly with those facing multiple illnesses, hearing and vision impairments, or cognitive problems? How does one approach sensitive topics such as driving privileges or assisted living? Are there special communication strategies that can help older patients who are experiencing confusion or memory loss? It is with these questions in mind, that the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institute of Health, developed this Handbook.

Older people and mental health

Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet is for older people, but it is also relevant to their carers, relatives and friends. It explores how older people can maintain good mental health, and gives information on mental distress with an emphasis on the issues that may affect older people. Throughout this factsheet ‘older people’ refers to those aged 65 and over, although many of the issues covered, such as retirement, may be relevant to people under 65.

Life after 80 (Radio 4 series: The seven ages of humanity)

Four Radio 4 programmes in a series about the health and wellbeing of the seven ages of humanity. These four programmes explore life experiences and issues for people in their eighties.

Alcohol and ageing : is alcohol a major threat to healthy ageing for the baby boomers?

Report examining the drinking patterns of the "baby boomer" generation (those born between 1945 and 1965) and assessing the health implications of higher than recommended drinking in old age. Its main conclusion is that age-based sensible drinking limits should be introduced.

The new old : why baby boomers won't be pensioned off

Report looking at who the members of the baby boomer generation are, what is known about their values and attitudes and how the challenges for them of economic and community participation, self-fulfilment, quality of life and family and intergenerational obligation might be met through a more positive and proactive approach to the issues and the potential for innovation.