‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Spousal dyads divided into I/Me and We/Us in their approaches to their situations. Relationship satisfaction, cognitive or functional ability, and anxiety, depression and burden were similar in both groups. Carers in We/Us dyads expressed more positive aspects of caregiving than those with an I/Me outlook. Mutual compassion, a characteristic of the We/Us approach, may … [Read More] ‘In this together’ or ‘Going it alone’: Spousal dyad approaches to Alzheimer’s – Journal of Aging Studies

Working Memory Plasticity and Aging- Psychology & Aging 

ABSTRACT The present research explores how the trajectory of learning on a working memory task changes throughout the life span, and whether gains in working memory performance are exclusively a question of initial working memory capacity (WMC) or whether age exerts an independent effect. In a large, cross-sectional study of younger, middle-aged, and older adults, … [Read More] Working Memory Plasticity and Aging- Psychology & Aging 

The Secret to Happiness in Later Life is Simple to Discover but Hard to Achieve – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Asghar Zaidi, Professor in International Social Policy, University of Southhampton We live in an extraordinary time: increasing numbers of us are living longer than ever imagined before. It is a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. The tough part of longevity is working out how to ensure those extra … [Read More] The Secret to Happiness in Later Life is Simple to Discover but Hard to Achieve – The Conversation

MODEM: A comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for dementia – LSE

 ABSTRACT Background: The MODEM project (A comprehensive approach to MODelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for DEMentia) explores how changes in arrangements for the future treatment and care of people living with dementia, and support for family and other unpaid carers, could result in better outcomes and more efficient use of resources. Methods: MODEM … [Read More] MODEM: A comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and costs impacts of interventions for dementia – LSE

The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ABSTRACT Purpose: Our purpose in this study was to review and synthesize the research literature on the quality of life of both caregivers (CGs) and care recipients (CRs) with dementia after admission to long-term care facilities. Design/methodology/approach: Four databases – AgeLine, Medline, EBSCO, and PyscINFO – were searched and the relevant literature from 2002 onwards … [Read More] The Effects of Placement on Dementia Care Recipients’ and Family Caregivers’ Quality of Life: A literature review – Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Ageing Well in the Right Place: Partnership working with older people – Working with Older People

ABSTRACT Purpose : The provision of home and community supports can enable people to successfully age-in-place by improving physical and mental health, supporting social participation and enhancing independence, autonomy and choice. One challenge concerns the integration of place-based supports available as older people transition into affordable housing. Sustainable solutions need to be developed and implemented … [Read More] Ageing Well in the Right Place: Partnership working with older people – Working with Older People

Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Dementia and Reduce Dementia Symptom – Working with Older People

ABSTRACT Purpose: Dementia is a growing problem worldwide, due to an ageing population. It has significant human and economic costs. There is no effective medical treatment. Design/methodology/approach:Using earlier reviews, we discuss the difference between dementia and cognitive ageing and the different types of dementia, in terms of manifestation and pathology. We reviewed non-modifiable risk factors … [Read More] Healthy Lifestyles to Prevent Dementia and Reduce Dementia Symptom – Working with Older People

Aged Care Insite eNewsletter

NEWS – Extract Provider calls for action on loneliness after report reveals increase … Half of Australians aged 65 and over have experienced feelings of loneliness, new research has revealed. About 1.7 million participants of the study said they have felt lonely, up by almost 300,000 since the survey was last conducted in 2015. The Social … [Read More] Aged Care Insite eNewsletter

The Effectiveness of Environment Assessment Tools to Guide Refurbishment of Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities: A systematic review – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Objective: To determine applicability of environment assessment tools in guiding minor refurbishments of Australian residential aged care facilities. Method: Studies conducted in residential aged care settings using assessment tools which address the physical environment were eligible for inclusion in a systematic review. Given these studies are limited, tools which have not yet been utilised in research … [Read More] The Effectiveness of Environment Assessment Tools to Guide Refurbishment of Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities: A systematic review – Australasian Journal on Ageing

Aussies are getting older, and the health workforce needs training to reflect it – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Deborah Parker This article is part of our series on older people’s health. It looks at the changes and processes that occur in our body as we age, the conditions we’re more likely to suffer from and what we can do to prevent them. As our population ages and life expectancy … [Read More] Aussies are getting older, and the health workforce needs training to reflect it – The Conversation

Empowered clients do well under NDIS but older, rural people struggle: review – Community Care Review

Extract from an article by Linda Belardi The majority of clients in the National Disability Insurance Scheme trial have enjoyed greater choice and control under the new program, but some have found themselves to be worse off under the scheme, an evaluation has found. Some 15 to 17 per cent of participants reported having poorer outcomes in … [Read More] Empowered clients do well under NDIS but older, rural people struggle: review – Community Care Review

Changing the Culture of Long-term Care through Narrative Care: Individual, interpersonal, and institutional dimensions – Journal of Aging Studies

Highlights Living in a nursing home represents a major challenge to narrative identity. Strategies for maintaining narrative identity are proposed. Scaffolded participation in everyday conversations sustains narrative identity. Institutional culture should include a shared, inclusive narrative. The use of narratives lies at the very core of person-centered care. ASBTRACT Interest in the practice of narrative … [Read More] Changing the Culture of Long-term Care through Narrative Care: Individual, interpersonal, and institutional dimensions – Journal of Aging Studies

Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

A selection of articles from a vaierty of sources: Being sociable can help keep your brain healthy, study finds — Alzheimers.org.uk — Being sociable by taking part in community based group activity can help keep your brain healthy in later life, research by the University of Southampton has found.Being members of a political party, environmental group, neighbourhood watch, a … [Read More] Older Adults & Dementia – A selection of articles

Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

ABSTRACT Aim: Christchurch, New Zealand has a unique opportunity to potentially rebuild as a dementia-friendly city in the wake of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The present study gathered insights from people with dementia about what would make it possible for them to live better in Christchurch. Method: Twenty-six older people living with dementia were … [Read More] Developing a Dementia-friendly Christchurch: Perspectives of people with dementia – Australasian Journal on Ageing

The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

ABSTRACT The expected increase in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) worldwide will be accompanied by an increase in the number of cases involving persons with AD brought up to the courts. This study examined the perceptions and experiences of social workers and lawyers regarding these cases. Three focus groups including social … [Read More] The Legal System and Alzheimer’s Disease: Social workers and lawyers’ perceptions and experiences – Journal of Gerontological Social Work

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