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Perspectives of people living with dementia and their care partners about the impact on social health when participating in a co-designed Dementia cafe

INNES Anthea, et al

Those diagnosed with dementia and those who provide care and support often feel socially isolated with limited opportunities for social engagement, increasing the potential for loneliness and further isolation that is detrimental to social health. This study examined how a co-designed dementia café impacted on the self-reported social health of community dwelling people with dementia and their care partners in the North-West of England. Semi-structured interviews were conducted at two time periods (summer of 2019 and spring of 2020), with five people living with dementia and eight care partners. The key finding was that participating in the cafés led to a sense of belonging and purpose that was beneficial to well-being and social health for all participants. Community-based initiatives that provide opportunities for peer support for the person with the diagnosis and the care partner are essential so that people living with dementia may rebuild their confidence as well as retaining opportunities to socialise.

Integrated working to address frailty needs: Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership


This case study illustrates how the delivery of an integrated approach has led to significant health and social improvements among frail and older people within Bradford District and Craven. The Proactive Care Team (PACT) was established, working with partners to provide holistic, person-centred care (and encourage self-care) for people with moderate frailty, to prevent it from becoming severe. Key benefits and outcomes include: the transformation of the lives of more than 300 frail and older people; effective identification through data of patients most at risk; reduced gaps in care and risk through partnership working; improved navigation for patients through health and care services (considering health, care, socio economic needs); and reduced duplication through collaboration, ensuring patients are seen at the right place at the right time. The case study also reports how obstacles were overcome and key takeaway tips.

Care staff and the creative arts: exploring the context of involving care personnel in arts interventions

BROOME Emma, et al

Background: Arts-based interventions play an important role in the care of people with dementia. Yet, creative arts are seldom implemented as a tool to enhance the care and wellbeing of people with dementia. Methods: We examined the involvement of care staff in creative arts activities in residential care. Aspects of involvement that appear to influence outcomes in people with dementia were identified and analyzed. A broad systematic literature search of MedLine, EMBASE, PsychInfo, CINAHL, ASSIA, SCOPUS, and Web of Science led to the identification of 14 papers. The studies identified through the search process were examined in terms of intervention, context, mechanism and outcome, and the relationships between these aspects. Results: Training sessions were identified as an opportunity to educate care personnel on useful techniques that are relevant to daily care practice. Evidence from the literature suggests that creative arts programs play a significant role in the way staff and residents interact and as a result influence the care practice of staff. Under certain conditions creative arts programs, that involve and engage staff, facilitate enhanced interactions and improve care strategies, which leads to the recognition and validation of personhood in residents with dementia. Conclusions: These findings provide a basis for illustrating which elements of care staff involvement in creative arts programs could be implemented in residential care contexts in order to have the upmost benefit.

Power of music: a plan for harnessing music to improve our health, wellbeing and communities


This report outlines a four-step framework to use music to help improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. It is based on findings from a survey that ran from June to early July 2021 and received 209 responses. The survey findings highlight the role that music played in supporting physical, mental health and wellbeing of people during the pandemic. The survey findings were used in two workshops with cross-sector stakeholders to explore key themes and test the final set of recommendations, which include: providing better training on the role of music in health and care to frontline worker; designing commissioning plans and care pathways to include music; ensuring all relevant institutions, including the National Academy for Social Prescribing commitment to include a music offer; and ensure integration across the health and social care systems, for example, the Care Quality Commission could explicitly expect services and settings to include music as part of their care.

How community organisations contribute to healthy ageing

DAYSON Chris, et al

Evaluation report of the Leeds Neighbourhood Network (LNN), a community of 37 groups that provide a wide range of opportunities supporting healthy ageing. The report draws on six in-depth case studies, exploring reasons for their success and implications for health and social care policy. Each case study involved a desk-based review of existing evidence and data, and qualitative research with 57 LNN staff, volunteers, members and partners. The evaluation finds that the networks support prevention of ill health through community-based activities and support; help people to manage long-term conditions in order to delay illness severity and maintain a good quality of life; assist people with significant support needs to reduce pressure on healthcare providers. The evaluation also considers the evidence related to the five 'mechanisms of change' that underpin the LNNs' contribution to healthy ageing: resources; range of activities; relationships, responsiveness to their members' needs; and reassurance. The findings of this report suggest four key implications for health and social care policy and the role of community-based organisations supporting priorities associated with people in later life and health ageing. These include: the importance of prevention; the value of long-term investment in the core work of community based organisations; mechanisms community-based organisations need to thrive and the need to level-up support for people in later life at a neighbourhood level.

Leeds Neighbourhood Networks report


This report shares the latest insights from the evaluation of the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks (LNNs), building on previous research. The Leeds Neighbourhood Network is made up of 37 community groups that provide a wide range of opportunities, activities and services. They are made up of local schemes that aim to support older people to remain living independently and to participate in their communities through a range of neighbourhood-based activities and services. The report draws on in-depth case studies of six LNNs. Each case study involved a desk-based review of existing evidence and data, and qualitative research with LNN staff, volunteers, members and partners. The evaluation finds that the networks support prevention of ill health through community-based activities and support; help people to manage long-term conditions in order to delay illness severity and maintain a good quality of life; assist people with significant support needs to reduce pressure on healthcare providers.

Arts and culture in every care home?


This report presents the findings from a consultation that asked: What would it require for all care homes to offer their residents access to relevant creative and cultural opportunities on a daily basis? This consultation was commissioned by the Baring Foundation and conducted by National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) Arts in Care Homes as the first stage in a national (England) conversation about what a daily offer of arts and care homes might look like. The consultation engaged care homes residents, managers, staff and activity coordinators and residents' families. Data collection included: 114 surveys were filled in by 67 care homes in England; artist-led workshops held in five care homes; 18 case studies and four fictional portraits were created. A key finding was that there was strong support for the desire for a daily arts and culture offer. Another key finding was that the families and friends of residents expressed a strong interest in joining in with arts and cultural engagement alongside their family member or friend. The main barriers to achieving a daily offer in the view of participating care homes and barriers to delivering arts and creative engagement generally were: time constraints; lack of specialist knowledge; staff structure and how teams work together; and resources in terms of ideas. Key enablers included: community and arts partnerships; culture shift in terms of belief in necessity of regular creative engagement; more specialist training in arts and activities for people with complex needs; and more resources in terms of creative ideas. This report will inform and be followed by an independent discussion paper on how the different parts of the system can best play their parts and be resourced to do so.

A window of opportunity: delivering prevention in an ageing world


This report brings together findings from the International Longevity Centre (ILC) UK's two-year global engagement programme and data analysis on how to deliver prevention in an ageing world. Key findings include: By 2050, the proportion of people aged 50 and over will increase by 11 percentage points, resulting in 40% of the G20 population being aged over 50; G20 citizens aged 50 and over collectively lived 118 million years with disabilities in 2019 due to largely preventable diseases; and across the G20, preventable conditions cost economies 1.02 trillion USD in yearly productivity loss among those aged 50-64 - this is roughly equivalent to the estimated loss in global worker income for the first half of 2021 as a result of COVID-19. Key actions needed: secure investment in systems designed for prevention, to enable action to: inspire and engage policymakers, healthcare professionals (HCPs) and individuals to invest, promote, and take action on prevention; democratise access to prevention to reduce health inequalities; and use technology effectively to improve access to preventative healthcare, improve uptake rates, reduce barriers, and empower patients. The analysis concludes: that while there are clear health and economic benefits to investing in preventative healthcare throughout people's lives and despite repeated commitments to prioritise prevention at the G20 level, and the creation of a joint task force involving finance and health ministers, action continues to lag.

Longitudinal associations between formal volunteering and well-being among retired older people: follow-up results from a randomized controlled trial

JONGENELIS Michelle I., et al

Volunteering has been identified as a potential mechanism for improving the psychosocial health of older adults. Utilizing a randomized controlled trial approach, the present study assessed the extent to which commencing volunteering can improve psychosocial health outcomes for older people. Fully retired Australian adults aged 60+ years (N= 445) were assessed at baseline and allocated to either the intervention or control arms of the trial. Those in the intervention condition were asked to participate in at least 60 min of formal volunteering per week for 6 months. Per-protocol analyses were conducted comparing psychosocial outcomes for those who complied with the intervention condition (n= 73) to outcomes for those who complied with the control condition (n= 112). Those who complied with the intervention condition demonstrated significant improvements in life satisfaction, purpose in life, and personal growth scores over a 12-month period relative to those in the control condition who did no volunteering. Findings provide evidence of a causal relationship between commencing volunteering and improvements in psychosocial health among older adults and indicate that encouraging participation in this activity could constitute an effective healthy aging intervention.

Enabling middle-aged and older adults accessing community services to reduce social isolation: community connectors

GIEBEL Clarissa, et al

A large number of older adults (65+ years) live on their own, and can experience high levels of loneliness. However, accessing activities to engage with their community can be difficult either due to their age and associated comorbidities, such as frailty, or due to financial reasons, for lacking the funds to access transport to activities. The aim of this study was to evaluate an existing service in the North West of England, Community Connectors, which enables people aged 18 and above to access social activities within their community in order to reduce loneliness and social isolation. This study only included middle-aged and older adults. A total of 13 semi-structured interviews were performed after people had taken part in the 14-week Community Connectors programme. Data were coded by two research team members by using thematic analysis. Members of the public were involved in the design of this study, and in the dissemination. Between June 2017 to September 2018, 234 older adults and 53 middle-aged adults were referred to Community Connectors. Four themes emerged from the interviews: falling out of society; easy self-referral; structured supportive services; and reconnecting with community. Services often depend on individuals making the first step to access, however, without easy or facilitated access people can becoming isolated. Participants reported on how Community Connectors provided easy and open access that enabled better response to individual needs. The structured support provided individuals with confidence in engaging with community activities and enhanced individuals’ social networks. Community Connectors enables middle-aged and older adults to engage with social activities in their community, and thus helps participants to feel less lonely and more socially connected. Future work needs to quantitatively measure the impacts of the service on loneliness, depression, and social connectedness in order to fully understand their impact.

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H4All wellbeing service

H4All wellbeing service Practice example about how H4All Wellbeing Service is using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) tool

Moving Memory

Moving Memory Practice example about how the Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company is challenging perceived notions of age and ageing.

Chatty Cafe Scheme

Chatty Cafe Scheme Practice example about how the Chatty Cafe Scheme is helping to tackle loneliness by bringing people of all ages together

Oomph! Wellness

Oomph! Wellness Practice example about how Oomph! Wellness is supporting staff to get older adults active and combat growing levels of social isolation

LAUGH research project

LAUGH research project Practice example about a research project to develop highly personalised, playful objects for people with advanced dementia


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