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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.

Free Seminar on Loneliness

Institute of Ageing and health west midlandsAll health professionals welcome.
Date: Friday 28 July 2017
Time: 1000-1500 (sandwich lunch provided)

The institute of Ageing and Health together with the National Council of Women and the Royal College of Nursing is delighted to invite you to attend this seminar on understanding the impact of loneliness on people’s physical and mental health.

The seminar is limited to 50 participants. Click here to read more.

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.

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‘Sorrow that finds no vent in tears may make other organs weep’

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End of Life Care and Dementia

Sue Lillyman, IAH Trustee

With dementia noted as the leading cause of deaths in England and Wales in 2015 (Office of National Statistics 2016) and with approximately 860,000 people living with dementia, which is still estimated to rise to 1,142,677 by 2025 (Alzheimer’s Society 2014) there is a need for people to discuss, prepare and provide optimal care for people with dementia at the end of life. Everyone has a fundamental right to die with dignity, be safe and protected from harm (DoH 2013) but, as noted by some researchers, the traditional palliative care model used for many other long-term conditions does not fit people dying with, and from, dementia (Bloomer et al 2011). Therefore, it is timely that we review specific needs for this group including behavioural concerns, discussions in relation to preparing for end of life, difficulty re placement of care, carer burden and over burdensome and/or under treatment in our discussions and education (Torke et al 2010).

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Peter Mayer MA FRCP

There are many opportunities to be involved in improving patient services and developing the future in health and social care and research within many countries and this is central policy in the UK. Any locality will have many forums in commissioning primary and secondary care as well as national and local government groups.

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