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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?
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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
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