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Multiple Conditions in Later Life

What is this study about? 

Many older people live with several health conditions or illnesses. Much research has focussed on specific single illnesses, but living with multiple conditions, especially at older ages, has received less attention. Many questions about it remain unanswered. For the first time ever, a national survey is taking place to find out what the important issues are from the point of view of older people of 80+ living with 3 or more conditions, and their carers. This will help researchers identify the top 10 priorities for research on living with multiple conditions in later life. The priorities will be published so that, in future, researchers can focus on those questions, and research funders can better direct their funds to the priority areas. The aim is to improve quality of life, care and treatment for older people living with multiple conditions.  This initiative is led by a group of professional organisations interested in improving life for older people. Age UK is one of the main partners, along with Newcastle University. The initiative is overseen by the James Lind Alliance for independence and transparency. This is a unique opportunity for you to have your say on the future of research on multiple conditions in later life. They are looking for people to complete the survey who:

  • Are aged 80 or above and have three or more conditions that affect their daily life.
  • Live with a person aged 80 or above who lives with three or more conditions (e.g. partner, family member).
  • Care for a loved one aged 80 or above who lives with three or more conditions.
How can you get involved? To take part in the survey please act now:
  • Complete the survey online at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/jlaprioritysetting/   
  • Order a printed survey and freepost return envelope from the email address JLA@Newcastle.ac.uk or phoning 0191 208 1287. Please leave your name and contact details so that the researchers at Newcastle University can get in touch with you.
  • Take the survey by phone – call 0191 208 1287, stating that you would like to take the Multiple conditions survey over the phone, and leaving your contact details.
We encourage you to share the survey widely with older people in your area. To do this, please share the online link or order multiple copies of the printed survey. You may also like to assist older people in your area to take part the survey. Guidance notes are available to help with this. If you would like the notes or more information, please contact the researchers at Newcastle University by emailing JLA@Newcastle.ac.uk, or calling 0191 208 1287.


Law Commission Consultation on outdated law of wills

The outdated law of wills needs an overhaul according to the Law Commission. The Law Commission published this public consultation on 13th July 2017.  It remains open for feedback until 10th of November 2017. The Law Commission say that laws are failing to protect the vulnerable – and not allowing others to distribute their cherished possessions after they've gone. The independent legal body estimate that 40% of people who die every year haven't made a will and as a result wants to make sure that the law around wills is working for everyone. The full paper and a summary are available at: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/wills/ If you would like to request a hard copy of the summary paper, please call Damien Bruneau on 020 3334 3969.  An easy read version of the summary document is available on our website. Responses can be made by email to propertyandtrust@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk; and by post, to Damien Bruneau, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, Post Point 1.53, 52 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AG. Proposed plans include: 

  • Softening the strict formality rules to allow courts to recognise wills where it's clear what someone wanted
  • An overhaul of the rules protecting those making a will from being unduly influenced by another person; and
  • Changing the test of mental capacity to take into account modern understanding of conditions like dementia.
Alongside these the Law Commission is also asking the public what the main barriers they see to people making a will, and to hear about experiences of disputes over wills following the death of a loved one.

Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins said:

"Making a will and passing on your possessions after you've died should be straight-forward. But the law is unclear, outdated and could even be putting people off altogether. Even when it's obvious what someone wanted, if they haven't followed the strict rules, courts can't act on it. And conditions which affect decision-making – like dementia – aren't properly accounted for in the law. That's not right and we want an overhaul to bring the law into the modern world. Our provisional proposals will not only clarify things legally, but will also help to give greater effect to people's last wishes."

What makes fulfilling work in later life? a new report by the Centre for Ageing Better, recommends that employers should provide full and equal access to flexible working arrangements, occupational health support and appropriate workplace adaptations to help older workers to manage health conditions at work.

State Pension no longer Fit for purpose according to new report

https://www.icfp.co.uk/2016/11/state-pension-no-longer-fit-purpose/


Quick Guide published by NHS England – Health and Housing

This new Quick Guide, published by NHS England, encourages joint working across health, housing and social care to prevent hospital admissions, help people to be discharged from hospital safely and effectively and support people to live independently at home.

Aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups it offers practical examples and resources on how housing and health can work together and marks the start of a national CCG engagement programme which includes a series of webinars and a dedicated webpage


Discharging Older People from Acute Hospitals – report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee


Mapping STPs with your local leaders of growth


This interactive map plots sustainability and transformation plan (STP) footprints against local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and, where appropriate, combined authorities. It enables STP leads to establish closer links with their respective leaders of growth, helping NHS organisations to bring in long-term external funding, exert more influence over strategic decision-making and improve services locally

Future of an ageing population

This report brings together evidence about today’s older population, with future trends and projections, to identify the implications for the UK. It is hoped that this evidence will help the government to develop the policies needed to adapt to an ageing population.

Our commitment to you for end of life care

This report is a response to an independent review on choice in end of life care. It details the six commitments that the government has made to the public to end variation in end of life care across the health system by 2020. The commitments include: honest discussions between care professionals and dying people; greater choice and personalisation for dying people; greater involvement of family and carers; and a named contact for dying people and their families

Future Years, in collaboration with the University of Hull, launch their latest report into Concessionary Fares

The study evaluates the social value of transport needs for older people:

Concessionary Fares Report 2015.pdf

Future Years – the Yorkshire and Humber Forum on Ageing was formally launched in 2005 to consider the implications of demographic change across our Region. Our aim was to influence policy makers and service development to ensure that any proposed changes take full account of the impact on older people.

In 2008 the Government looked at the achievements of our Forum and commissioned a review of the way Government engaged with older people and how it could ensure the voices of older people were being heard at Government level. The recommendations were that every region should have an advisory forum to actively engage with older people , listen to what they had to say and feed those views directly to Government Ministers through a new partnership called the UK Advisory Forum on Ageing (UKAFA).

UKAFA, with a representative from each of the 9 English regions; the 3 devolved nations and other key partners has now been around for four years. It is chaired by two Ministers: the Minister of state for the Care Services (Dept. of Health) and the Minister of State for Pensions (DWP). Future Years is represented on that Forum.

The committee of Future Years has reviewed its membership and its terms of reference to take account of the need to be actively engaged with older people. This led to a membership of which more than 50% are older people along with the appointment of a Chair and two Vice Chairs. We sought nominations from across East Yorkshire & the Humber, North Yorkshire and York, South and West Yorkshire, who were actively engaged with older people and additionally invited nominations from agencies including the Community and Voluntary Sector, whose services had a direct impact on older people.

 

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