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RCN Local Learning Events

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.

Frailty Seminar

Institute of Ageing and health west midlandsAll health professionals welcome.
Date: Friday 31 March 2017 Time: 0930-1300 (lunch provided) 2nd session 1330-1700
Due to unprecedented demand for places at this seminar, we are grateful to our seminar facilitators as they have agreed to run the session again on the afternoon of the 31 March 2017 so that everyone who wants to attend can book a place. Each seminar is limited to 50 participants. If you are unable to attend on the day, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to other participants who wish to attend.

Become an IAH Member

Membership of the Institute is available to anybody who has an interest in older people. As the emphasis of the Institute is on inter-disciplinary working, our membership is particularly appropriate for people who wish to share skills and knowledge with others. Whilst the geographical focus of the Institute is the West Midlands, membership is open to anyone who shares our objective.

Call for papers

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.

The deadline for articles for our next journal is Monday 14 August 2017.

Latest Blogs

Latest Blogs

Frailty

Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead - Older People and Dementia Care, Royal College of Nursing.

Voltaire tells us we are all formed of frailty and error. Certainly we all have a picture of frailty, perhaps an old thin, small, stooped and wrinkled lady, slow of step, quiet of voice and without strength.

In terms of the clinical label of frailty this is untrue. Frailty is phenotype; not a normal part of ageing, but a long term condition. If frailty was about age then all older people would be frail and clearly they are not.

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Survey of falls prevention services

Following feedback from local falls leads and others, and given the high, and rising, financial costs and loss in quality of life associated with falls, evidence is needed on which interventions are most clinically and cost effective in reducing falls, together with a tool to support their implementation. Hence Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC) to carry out a literature review to identify interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community and to develop an economic model to report the return on investment (RoI) for each cost-effective intervention.

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Lonely, alone, isolated or loving, meaningful and connected

As Sue Bourne from the Guardian suggests (04.01.16) the problem is that we’re all a bit scared of loneliness. Of being alone, of being isolated, of not being loved or needed or cared about.
“Lonely” hits a spot of fear in all of us.

So what does it mean to be lonely? Definitions include feeling remote or having no friends or company. However, even those who have friends can feel lonely.
When we feel lonely we miss the deeper connections of companionship.

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