The Institute of Ageing and Health works alongside other organisations to raise issues facing older people in our society.
This year we are supporting the Royal College of Nursing’s Local Learning Event Programme in the West Midlands to help educate nursing staff around this important agenda. Click here for the programme of events.
We are sorry to announce that this conference has been postponed.
Given the importance and current national focus on good discharge arrangement for older people we would still like to run the event in March 2018. We will update you as soon as a date has been agreed.
Half day events for 2018
In addition to the conference next year, we are planning to run a further two half day events:
Please save these dates in your diaries and we will post further details as and when they are confirmed.
The Institute of Ageing and Health are delighted that Theresa May appointed Tracey Crouch as the UK’s first minister for loneliness, recognising the importance of this issue. Last year I wrote a blog on the effects of feeling lonely, alone or isolated. Loneliness is associated with increased health risks and can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or as dangerous as obesity and it can increase the chances of early death by as much as 26%. Recent publications suggest that more than nine million adults across all age ranges in the UK are either always or often lonely with 35% of men feeling lonely at least once a week. People living with dementia are at risk of loneliness in fact, people living with dementia tend to be lonelier than the population as a whole and a survey by the Alzheimer’s Society found 62% of people living with dementia who live alone feel lonely and 38% of all people with dementia felt lonely.
The Jo Cox Commission on loneliness was created as a response to the MP's own experience of isolation. "This is an issue that Jo cared passionately about and we will honour her memory by tackling it, helping the millions of people across the UK who suffer from loneliness," Crouch said in a statement. We will watch with interest the developments from Tracey Crouch going forward.
Dr Ruth Pearce (Deputy Chair IAH)
The IAH invites papers for its journal 'Ageing & Health'. Contributions to Ageing & Health enable us to share research, reflections and stories to help improve ageing and health in the West Midlands; we are looking for articles that present views and perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines related to health and ageing.
We need to decide if the Institute should be dissolved or continue at the AGM and seminar on 16 July 2019. We have an executive meeting on 21 May where a recommendation on this needs to be agreed.
Since the last AGM on 18 July 2018, there has been little interaction with new or old trustees and our Chair Dr Dayani has left Birmingham and will be seeking a replacement.
His view is that there is an important future role in:
“I think the Institute could be very useful as a think-tank/forum for ideas on healthcare issues wider than care of the elderly. It is independent; its membership is largely frontline and academic health and social care workers who have an opportunity to say things as they see them (with appropriate solutions). There is a need for such a voice as unfortunately the NHS and Social Care are failing to impact dramatically on outcomes within the West Midlands and arguably more widely.”
“There is almost no part of the NHS that does not have a people problem.
... changing the way, we do things is painful, uncomfortable and contested but is probably the only way out.
Interwoven are the paradoxes; technology changes faster than we are prepared to evolve our services. Outpatients fingered by Britnell and singled out in the LTP, the unreformed backwater of a 60's NHS.
In an OECD survey 70% of doctors and 80% of nurses reported being over-skilled for aspects of their work. It is a criminal waste.
Britnell calls on us to reframe the debate about workforce-planning and shift our thinking to productivity, health and wealth creation. He has been to 77 countries; he knows what's what.”
We as human beings are living longer, and the prevalence of loneliness and isolation among the elderly increases. Is it inevitable?
We are a supposedly civilised society, yet many of our elderly live with virtually no communication with others for weeks on end. We assume they have contact with someone- don’t they?
At present 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 live alone in the UK. Statistics say this is set to increase by more than 50% in the next 25years. While some older adults choose to live alone, others may have no choice.
Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for us than well known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity.