ageing

All our futures : planning for a Scotland with an ageing population

Document laying out the Scottish Executive's strategy for responding to and planning for an ageing population in Scotland. The strategy covers topics such as the role of public services, increased opportunities for older people, better intergenerational relationships, improving health and providing lifelong learning opportunities.

Promoting mental health and well-being in later life: a first report from the UK Inquiry into Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life

Report presenting the findings and recommendations of a study which sought to find out what needs to be done to better promote good mental health and well-being in later life throughout the UK.

Attitudes and Images of Ageing

This learning object is about ways in which people's experience of ageing and mental health are shaped by society's attitudes to older people and later life. You will consider the way age-related images and ideas, displayed in the media and in everyday language, shape our perceptions; but also what we know about older people's own attitudes and aspirations. This object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages from this learning object.

Aging and human sexuality resource guide

Online resource for health professionals consisting of a list of journal articles, books, chapters and other information all pertaining to the subject of ageing and human sexuality.

Ageism, Age Discrimination and Social Exclusion

In this learning object you are asked to consider issues which are central to understanding the experience of ageing and older age in contemporary society. Ageism, age discrimination and social exclusion diminish the quality of life which older people may enjoy. They also threaten their mental health. In spite of their negative effect on the daily lives of older people, however, ageism and age discrimination are often unrecognised, ignored, or even compounded in health and social care settings.

The poor relation?: grandparental care: where older people's poverty and child poverty meet

This report notes that there is an incomplete picture of family life in Britain. The scale of the contribution that the UK's 14 million grandparents are making is not fully known. This interim report uses new British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey data to begin to build a more comprehensive picture of Britain's grandparent population; looking at how it has changed over the last decade, and what financial implications becoming a grandparent might involve.

The case for change - why England needs a new care and support system

Document putting forward the case for a public debate about the long term future of the care and support system in England as part of the UK Government's desire to engage with the public and key stakeholders about how the existing system can meet the challenges of the future.

Preparing for our ageing society : a discussion paper

Paper discussing the implications for public services of an increasingly ageing society and seeking views from the general public on what they think is important for a good quality of life in later life.

From safety net to springboard: a new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights

This report draws on a literature review and consultation to examine the current performance of care and support in protecting and promoting human rights and equality. The report aims to influence thinking on the future of care and support in England and it sets out the actions the Equality and Human Rights Commission will take to help make its vision for care and support a reality.

Later life transitions - Ken Laidlaw

Podcast of a talk given by Ken Laidlaw, consultant clinical psychologist, NHS Lothian at Edinburgh City Chambers, 29/01/2009. He discusses findings from research about ageing across the world.