Improving Urgent Care

A bad week for the NHS in England and Wales particularly as they have both been criticised for the care provided to Older People in the last week or so. Firstly, the NHS Confederation’s Commission on Improving Urgent Care for Older People has stated that ‘Too many over-65s end up in accident and emergency unnecessarily because of a lack of help when they fell ill’.

Maybe not a surprise but their report goes further and once again the solution they cite is Care Management for the frailest older people. They also point to rapid response care at home teams as another solution that might help.

To see the work of the Commission and to download their final report “Growing Old Together” go to

This follows hot on the heels of yet another criticism about the care of people in hospital where the Alzheimer’s Society said it had found “shocking” evidence of poor and variable care during its recent review. See:

This is despite the Department of Health making the disease a key priority on which they have in recent years spent £50m on making hospitals and care homes more “dementia friendly”, and providing training for 500,000 staff. All I can say is well, we still need to spend more and train more because there are still areas where change is not occurring anything like quick enough. (and I am sure I could say the same for NHS Scotland).

Anyway enough! A depressing rant again, so lets look at something more positive.


The report that goes with these images and lots of other resources on World Ageing can be found at:

World Economic Forum 2016

Alright, it may look like a strange topic for an Older People’s Blog but as they say on their own website the Annual Meeting in Davos remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping the global, regional and industry agendas. So maybe its worth taking a look at what they are saying about older people.  So I will share just two things from the event of interest the first one is a discussion that was held called:  What If: You Are Still Alive in 2100? The discussion is about where the science of ageing is headed. From reversing the effects of ageing on the brain and editing genes to prevent disease to artificial intelligence and downloading thoughts and memories, scientists are pushing the boundaries of the human lifespan. What would be the impact on life, love and work if you could live to 150?

To find out more go to   what they said go to: What if you are alive in 2100?

The World Economic Forum have also released a report called Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise? which is a book which brings together a broad range of views on the issues for policy-makers, business, and political leaders. The essays within it examine the interplay between population ageing and many facets of the modern world, such as urbanization, gerontechnology, international migration, and social protection programmes. Possibly not bedtime reading but certainly worth a look. To download a copy got to:

Hope you find these interesting.


It Will Soon be Trimester 2!

Those of you who are enjoying your inter-trimester break at the moment and awaiting module results remember that there are only two weeks left, so to get ready it might be worth having a look not just at the Moodle sites for the modules you are just completing, but look ahead at the ones that you are about to join. They may still be under construction but you will get a feel from looking about what is coming next.

So what have I seen this week worth sharing. I’ll start of with the programme I suggested you should all watch last week. The Age of Loneliness. (BBC 1 shown 7th. of January). Here is a clip of the director and other experts talking about the documentary which is interesting to view.

Also found this recently which is an interesting twist on the common solution to looking after parents that we commonly see. Here is something else that we might come across in the future as the number of retirement communities grow. Have a read, see what you think and post a comment!

You may also quite like to have a read and listen to this. Hope it plays (It’s American and it might not).

Christine Bryden, whom this programme is about wrote a famous first person book about her own experiences of dementia which is now quite famous called “Before I Forget”. You can find out more about her experiences and her involvement in US advocacy at:


It’s Back for 2016

Sorry about the absence of my Blog. The holidays did not go quite as planned but at least I live in a place that wasn’t flooded out over the holiday period. Hope you are managing now if you were one of the unfortunates (and there are many).

So time to catch up. Just as the majority of us were heading out to the stores and hitting the online shopping buttons, Audit Scotland released a report that seems to have passed most of us by.

The new report for the Accounts Commission and Auditor General has reviewed the progress made to establish the new integration authorities (IAs), which will be responsible for planning joint health and social care services and managing budgets totalling over £8 billion.

While all 31 IAs are expected to be operational by the 1 April deadline, the report states perhaps not surprisingly that significant risks must be addressed if integration is to provide the substantial changes needed to health and social care. These risks include difficulties  agreeing budgets, organising  governance and dealing with workforce planning. The report states that IAs must set clear targets and timescales to demonstrate how integrated services will deliver care differently, to better meet people’s needs. For more details about the report and download a copy go to:

It also suggests that Integrated Authorities won’t be able to make a major impact in their first year. (I think we might have been able to predict that).

So something new to read, so how about something to watch?

Yesterday the BBC screened a new documentary by Sue Bourne, a Scottish documentary maker, who production company was responsible for My Street, Fabulous Fashionistas (which some of you will have seen excerpts from in class), Mum and Me and Jig.

In it people from all walks of life talk honestly about their experiences with loneliness, from a 19-year-old student to a 100-year-old woman. To view it go to:

You might also want to find out about the BBC’s “A Life Less Lonely” week of programmes which commence next Friday.