Caring for an
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The growing numbers and proportion of people over the age of 65 is a global phenomenon. Demographic ageing therefore presents significant political, economic, and socio-cultural challenges to individuals, families, communities, and societies.
Current debates about caring for an ageing population are infused with ideas and assumptions about what characterises a successful old age. This concern with healthy longevity has, in turn generated an array of policy prescriptions and technological solutions to the perceived ‘problem’ brought about by population ageing.
In our mission to understand the complex challenges posed by an ageing population, we ask: Can the creative arts improve the physical and mental well-being of people with dementia? Has the role of digital health technologies in improving the quality of life for older people been overstated? What does the status, skill set and renumeration levels of support workers tell us about the way in which support workers – and their carers – are viewed and treated? And in what ways can the built environment promote active ageing?
If you’d like to contribute to the discussion, or have research relating to caring for an ageing population that you want to publish, please get in touch with us!
This mission is aligned with our Healthier lives goal
Blogs, video & infographic
To find out more about what our authors have to say regarding caring for an ageing population, watch/read our latest video, blogs and infographic.
Blog: Refurbishment as a lever for improving the social and emotional wellbeing of older people living in sheltered housing
Author: Zeibeda Sattar (Northumbria University, UK)
Article: The impact of a refurbishment programme on older people living in sheltered housing
Housing, Care and Support
Author: Jonathan Parker (Bournemouth University, UK)
Article: Structural discrimination and abuse: COVID-19 and people in care homes in England and Wales
The Journal of Adult Protection
Speaker & author: Sophie Yarker (The University of Manchester, UK)
Book: Creating Spaces for an Ageing Society: The Role of Critical Social Infrastructure
Series: Emerald Points
Fall Awareness Programmes – identifying issues and interventions for older adults
An important study on Falls Awareness Programmes provides necessary insights into the required tools and customisation for such public health offerings for the elderly. Prevention and management of falls is possible through falls awareness programmes customised to different groups of older adults residing in different spaces. Brief evaluation tools made available to participants are also required to measure the impact of such programmes.
Article: A participatory mixed-methods evaluation of a falls awareness programme
Authors: Megan Elliott, Hannah Watson, Amy Lewis, & Carolyn Wallace
Working with Older People
Different routes to publication
If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.
Healthier lives gateway
Publish your work on Emerald Open Research, our open access platform that supports an open data policy and open peer review process.
The Healthier lives gateway aims to discuss the wider implications on society and the economy with regards to disease or illness but also mental and physical wellbeing.
Talk to us about your work
We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.
If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to caring for an ageing population, please let us know by filling in this form.