activities of daily living

Growing up in Scotland: overweight, obesity and activity

Childhood obesity and low physical activity both have serious implications for children’s health. This report had twin objectives: to explore determinants of both obesity and low physical activity in young children. Included in the investigation of obesity is an assessment of whether it is linked to low physical activity.

The report also examined the extent to which mothers were aware of their child being overweight or obese and whether they were concerned by this.

Active at 60: local evaluation research

Active at 60 Local was a pilot initiative commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to identify the scope for utilising smart technology to: deliver services more effectively to older people; and leverage increased levels of activity among older people.

Child’s play: The links between childhood encouragement to participate in and attend cultural activities and corresponding adult participation and attendance in arts and culture.

This analysis was undertaken in-house within the Scottish Government by using large scale data from the 2007/8 Scottish Household Survey Culture (and Sport) Module. It explores the role of childhood encouragement to participate in and attend cultural activities in promoting cultural participation and attendance in adult life.

Self-management & rehabilitation

Website intended to allow service users, carers, health and social care professionals to access information and evidence on adult rehabilitation and the management of long term conditions.

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.

Assistive technology

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia.

Dementia can make day-to-day life more difficult. Little things like forgetting to turn the gas off or letting the bath overflow can cause great damage and may put the person with dementia and others in danger.

OA nation reveals people live in constant pain

Section of the Arthritis Care website which describes and links to 'OA nation', a large-scale survey and report uncovering the scale and nature of the difficulties facing arthritis sufferers and calling for a UK-wide strategy, which includes agreed standards of care for arthritis and its addition to the GP Contract.

How can mental health services promote recovery from severe mental illness? (Outline 9)

Paper examining the meaning and process of recovery as described by people with a severe mental illness and identifying a number of factors which support or undermine this. What is known about each factor is summarised as are the implications these have for health and social care practice.

Caring for someone with dementia: hobbies, pastimes and everyday activities

The Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This factsheet offers ideas and suggestions of activities for people with dementia to enjoy which can improve their quality of life and the life of their carers.

Healthy life expectancy in Scotland

Report presenting the results of work to produce healthy life expectancy estimates for Scotland. Data was taken from the Scottish subset of the General Household Survey and the Scottish Household Survey and compared with estimates from the 2001 Census to determine whether these surveys would be suitable for monitoring healthy life expectancy on a regular basis.