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Better care every step of the way

More than 40% of care homes in Scotland need to improve the support they offer people with life-limiting illnesses and those who require palliative and end of life care, according to a new report from Scotland’s care watchdog.

This report reflects the findings of 1036 inspections and three investigations carried out by the Care Commission at care homes for older people between April 2007 and March 2008.

Understanding Depression in Later Life

The main focus of this learning object is depression amongst older people. The learning object begins by highlighting some of the problems with defining and diagnosing 'depression' and then goes on to discuss the estimated numbers of older people that are thought to suffer from the condition. Issues that make people more or less vulnerable to developing depression in later life are also examined. Finally, effective treatments for depression and explanations for why it so often remains unrecognised in older people is discussed.

The Life Course Approach

In this learning object you are introduced to the importance of seeing later life as one phase of an entire course of life from birth to death shaped by earlier life stages and experiences. Meaning and identity are important to mental health in later life and require that we can connect past, present and future in our lives. A highly influential theory of the life course which embodies these themes is the psychosocial theory of Erik Erikson, which you will consider in Section 2.

Reith Lectures 2001: the end of age

The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation's first director-general. Each year, the BBC invites a leading figure to deliver a series of lectures on radio.

The 2001 Reith Lectures are on 'The End of Age' and contain 5 lectures by Tom Kirkwood, Professor of Medicine and head of the Department of Gerontology at the University of Newcastle.

Towards a European society of all ages

Document highlighting the importance of challenging age discrimination at both EU and national level and identifying the benefits eliminating age discrimination can bring to society, e.g the valuable cultural, social and professional skills possessed by older people.

Families in Britain : the impact of changing family structures and what the public think

Report tracing the changing nature of the family and what that means for parents, children and society with a view to stimulating debate on family policy. It explores the changing face of families in Britain and the impact of these changes on society, public opinion and the role of government. It also highlights the opportunities for policymakers created by the changing demographic, social and attitudinal terrain.

You see Down's Syndrome, we see potential

This resource provides information about Down's Syndrome Scotland and the stages that people with Down's Syndrome go through from the early to adult years.

Keeping well : a booklet about health for people with learning disabilities

This resource, produced by Down's Syndrome Scotland, provides information about maintaining good health for people with learning disabilities.

Promoting the employment of older workers in the EU

Document arguing that the employment of older workers is a high priority for EU member states and suggesting ways to enable older workers to make a greater contribution in the labour market.