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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2005): Care of the Elderly - UK

THE ACCEPTABILITY OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO OLDER PEOPLE

C. McCreadie and A. Tinker

Ageing and Society, vol.25, 2005, p.91-110

The importance of assistive technology in enabling older people to remain in their own homes has been recognised in the UK. This paper reports a study which investigated the acceptability of assistive technology to older people. Sixty-seven people aged 70 or over were interviewed in 2001 to find out about their use of a wide range of assistive technologies. Interview results suggest that the combination of the home environment and individual need creates a felt need for help. If assistive technologies were straightforward and reliable and met the need, respondents were positive.

AGE SHALL NOT WEARY HIM…

J. Carvel

Guardian Society, Feb. 2nd 2005, p.2-3

Sir Derek Wanless, the former chief executive of Nat West, is to investigate the long-term needs of an ageing population, as the baby boomer generation passes into retirement age over the next 20 years. This will parallel his enquiry into the long term needs of the NHS. Wanless's report in 2002 led directly to record investment in the NHS.

DOUBT CAST ON HEALTH SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY

J. Carvel

The Guardian, Feb. 4th 2005, p.11

The Department of Health has become an enthusiastic supporter of the Evercare approach to the management of frail older people in the community, after being shown US evidence that it reduced emergency hospital admissions by 50%. However an independent review of nine areas in which the scheme was tested in England and found it to be unlikely to cut hospital admissions by more than 1%.

VISUALISE A FUTURE …

S. Winyard

Community Care, Feb. 17th-23rd 2005, p.36-37

The RNIB predicts that population ageing will lead to a dramatic increase in demand for services for older people with sight loss by 2020. Argues that investing now in prevention, awareness raising, early detection and treatment as well as key services is the only long-term sustainable strategy that could reduce spending and save sight.

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