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 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.
Re-inventing a Long Term Dream: Do we need new systems to deliver “working together” We run a huge risk of repeating the mistakes of the policy 10 (PPM ?70) years ago, thinking that integration is solved just by fiddling with organizational form options” M. Winn 21.5.2018 I have had a career long passion in delivering services across sector boundaries as geriatric service lead of hospital and community health facilities, running the Institute’s Excellent Care Award, participating in the development of Stroke Illness pathways , and as a former chair of joint planning in Birmingham. My purpose with this publication is to seek examples of Good Practice, building on our experience from the “Excellent Care Award” to inform the work now being done under the new national drive to promote integration in commissioning and in delivering health and social care. The driver for this strategy is the long-standing perception that underfunded fragmented poorly delivered services can be reorganized to provide cost effective services with the person in need at the centre of the change required. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and NHS England (NHSE) see the patient/citizen as the pivot round which service configuration should be structured. But most service planning is initiated centrally and in the recent Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (STPs now becoming Integrated Care Systems (ICS)) the service user seems the last group involved in planning and driving service change. NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) do have a requirement to consult their populations and some are doing this well but many are too small and lack the skills to deliver.
Hello from the new Chair
As the newly elected Chair, I thought this may be an opportune moment to introduce myself and lay out a little of my vision for the Institute, given all that is happening within the West Midlands.
So, Hello! My name is Dr Andrew Dayani. I am Executive Medical Director at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS FT and was a GP for 21 years before moving into an Executive Director role. That gives you a flavour, but doesn’t tell the whole story, as I have also been an Occupational Physician, Community Hospital doctor and trained in Dermatology and Cardiology, whilst being involved in commissioning and medical politics. I like to keep busy! Until last year I lived and worked in Somerset.