News round up

24 Jan 2014

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Nine in ten would prefer home care, but don’t discuss it

New research shows that if the need for care arose, nine out of ten older people would choose to receive care at home. Despite the overwhelming preference for home care, recent figures from Age UK show that, although still relatively small at 414,000, the number of people in residential care is on the rise, whereas the number of those receiving home care has declined.

The reason for this anomaly is that in many cases, over 50’s do not discuss it. As is often the case, they will leave it too late and are forced to make decisions once a crisis or accident has occurred, which severely limits their care options.

For more on the report read the Telegraph article here.

Volunteering benefits both older people and society

The ageing parent website features an article which looks at:

1: Why older people should volunteer

Research shows that volunteering opens up wider opportunities; including varied social and physical activities and the chance to meet new people.

2: Recognising the contribution older people can make

Older people have professional skills and experience which younger people don’t have. Effective volunteering programmes take these factors into account and create roles to suit the needs of the older population to enable them to contribute successfully.

3: Encouraging older people to volunteer, because it benefits them and society at large

For older volunteers, there is much to be gained. It gives them a sense of purpose, helps to increase their self-esteem and confidence and reduces isolation and loneliness. These factors all point to a close link between volunteering and good health.

Read more…

Care homes are not the only option for older people

This article from You’re the Boss advises family members to explore all options available to them before making a decision on care for their older relatives.

There is a reported 40% increase in people looking for residential care in January, following the festive period where relatives and older family members spend more time together. It is during this time that people begin to notice certain illnesses or difficulties in their older relatives.

The You’re the Boss website offers an online tool which can help direct you to the type of care that your relative may need. Read more…

What can be done to combat loneliness for older people?

A BBC Newsnight report estimates that there are currently five million people over 65 who live alone in the UK. Two million of them do not see other people on a weekly basis and 370,000 spent the festive period in total isolation. This article from the ageing parent website discusses what can be done to end the loneliness suffered by older people.

Read more…

Ruby Wax: tips for a happy new year

Comedienne and presenter Ruby Wax, now also a therapist (with an MA from Oxford in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy), believes that “excessive ‘busy-ness’ is usually a sign that all is not well.”

She says: “When I’m reaching burn-out I start fixing too many dates and writing one too many emails. I become so uber-busy that things don’t make sense any more. It’s that tripping point between creativity and a downward spiral.”

Read the article on the Telegraph website for more tips from Ruby Wax…

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