ageing

Healthy ageing: good practice examples, recommendations, policy actions

Brochure which sets out an integrated approach to healthy ageing by providing examples of good practice and policy recommendations in areas such as economics, housing, transport and education to assist the development of effective healthy ageing strategies at EU, national, local and individual level.

Common Mental Health Problems amongst Older People

This learning object introduces you to some of the key facts and statistics about depression, dementia and long standing mental ill health. It explains who might be at risk of developing a mental illness as they grow older and why. It also includes information about people who have experienced serious mental illness such as schizophrenia throughout their lives and the main issues facing them as they age. This object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages from this learning object.

An Introduction to Mental Health and Older People

In this learning object you will have the chance to explore the nature and characteristics of the ageing population in the UK, what being 'old' means, and some of the complexity surrounding the concept of 'mental health'. This object also contains a self-assessment section where you can test how far you have assimilated the key messages from this learning object.

A new ambition for old age: next steps in implementing the National Service Framework for older people

Document laying out the priorities for the next stage of the National Service Framework for older people in England which are grouped under three themes, Dignity in Care, Joined-up Care and Healthy Ageing.

This stage comprises ten programmes driven nationally and spans the second half of the ten-year National Service Framework.

Population trends

Article that explores change in population age structure at the Local Authority (LA) level for the whole of the UK between 1997 and 2017, focusing on change in the older population.

It includes case studies exploring the changes in age structure in the three local authorities of Brighton and Hove, Tower Hamlets and Coleraine.

National Statistics : Focus on Older People

Focus on Older People paints a picture of the people aged 50 and over in Britain today. It includes information on their characteristics, lifestyles and experiences, placing particular emphasis on changes with age. Each overview in the Focus on series combines data from the 2001 Census and other sources to illustrate its topic, and provide links to further information.

Risks and Protective Factors : Older People's Mental Health

This learning object explores mental health in later life. It reviews the meaning of mental health, why it is an important part of overall well being and how it relates to successful ageing. It also offers an overview of the different aspects of an older person's life, situations that impact on their mental health and the role that an individual, their family, the community they live in and wider society can play in promoting, or undermining, mental health.

Life in old age (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 sixties and seventies.

The first programme looks at memory loss, the second discusses chronic conditions such as osteo-arthritis and the inability to hear, the third examines retirement, and the final programme looks at how medicine can fix some of the physical problems of old age.