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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.

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.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP 2011) state that appropriately designed environments for people with dementia have the potential to;

promote independence, reduce the incidence of agitation and challenging behaviour, and the prescription of ant-psychotic medication.

They state that it can also; improve nutrition and dehydration, increase engagement in meaningful activities, encourage greater carer involvement, and improve staff morale, recruitment and retention.

Call for articles for our journal Ageing and Health

The main objective of our journal is to provide a platform for carers, older people, healthcare practitioners, students, academics and researchers to share their experiences and/or research in the field of working with, and for, older people. Ageing and Health aims to promote and share areas of excellent practice that promotes wellbeing for older people.

The journal is currently published in print but we intend to move to online in the future.

Ageing and Health publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual frameworks, case studies, empirical research, book reviews, discussion papers, audits/evaluations of services, poems, literature reviews, etc.

We welcome new authors as well as those with experience in publishing.

Deadline for articles: Monday 14 August 2017

Information for authors is available from the website www.iah-wmids.org.uk or email Jeanette Lane at here.

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