Centre for Ageing Better’s ‘Research & Policy’ e-newsletter

The Centre for Ageing Better’s ‘Research & policy’ e-newsletter brings you all the latest news, reports and analysis from the ageing sector as a whole.

Fulfilling work – Ads for all ages: How age-biased are job adverts in the UK, and what can we do about it?
Centre for Ageing Better – April 2021
This report concentrates on one aspect of the recruitment process and illustrates the negative impact ageist language can have on older workers. Part of the Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project, it finds that some words can have a negative effect on whether older jobseekers feel like they would ‘fit’ within an organisation. Read more

Pensions and finance – Healthy retirement begins at school
Allel K et al, Ageing and Society, 41 (1) January 2021
Retirement experiences are subject to life-long influences. This study is from Mexico where many people receive little or no formal education. It demonstrates that although early retirement is associated with worse health outcomes, this is completely offset by formal education during childhood and adolescence. Read more

Homes, neighbourhoods and communities – ‘It’s our pleasure, we count cars here’ – an exploration of the ‘neighbourhood-based connections’ for people living alone with dementia
Odzakovic E et al, Ageing and Society 41 (3) March 2021
How do older people with dementia, who live alone, establish and maintain social networks and relationships? This study – carried out in England, Scotland and Sweden – finds four main themes: making the effort to stay connected; befriending by organisations and facilitated friendships; a quiet neighbourhood atmosphere; and changing social connections. Read more

Transforming lived places into the connected neighbourhood
Li X et al, Ageing and Society 41 (3) March 2021
‘Neighbourhoods are comprised of social networks, often built up over a lifetime, and embedded within spatial and temporal contexts.’ How do older couples, one of whom has dementia, define and interact with their neighbourhood? This study finds key elements are connections to friends and family, familiarity with physical surroundings and the presence of support to live independently and retain neighbourhood connections. Read more

Priorities for Local Government: Transforming later lives
Centre for Ageing Better – April 2021
This paper identifies actions to guide how local government can champion a vision of inclusive growth that makes the most of the economic opportunities of our longer lives. Read more

Care and support – Evaluating the effect of a home-delivered meals service on the physical and psychological wellbeing of a UK population of older adults
O’Leary M F et al, Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 39 (1) 2020
In the UK ‘many older people live alone and experience substantial financial and social barriers to accessing food’. This assessment of a home-delivered meals service finds a marked improvement in the mental and physical health of recipients after just three weeks. Read more

An exploration of the experiences of informal carers supporting a relative living with dementia during and after the move to technology-enriched supported accommodation
Rondon-Sulbaran J et al, Ageing and Society, 41 (1) January 2021
Is a move to accommodation with smart technology helpful to family caregivers of a person with dementia? This study finds that, although the availability of smart technology does not figure in the choice of accommodation, its presence reduces care-giving pressures and also improves quality of life for the person with dementia. Read more

Health and wellbeing – Social networking sites and the experience of older adult users
Newman L et al, Ageing and Society, 41 (2) February 2021
This review of studies of older adults’ use of social networking sites finds that users are predominantly female and younger. The main reason for use is to maintain contact with family and friends. The main concerns are privacy and a lack of perceived usefulness. Any links between social network use and changes in wellbeing and cognitive function are inconclusive. Read more

Drink wise, age well: England legacy workshops
International Longevity Centre (ILC) – April 2021
Earlier this year ILC and Drink Wise, Age Well held a series of online workshops to explore how organisations can work together to help reduce alcohol harm in the over 50s. This report outlines some of the key themes that emerged from the workshops. Read more

Ageing, old age and older adults: a social media analysis of dominant topics and discourses
Makita M et al, Ageing and Society, 41 (2) February 2021
Is social media a hotbed of ageism? This analysis, of 1,200 tweets that talk about ageing, old age and older people, finds that ‘health and social care’ predominate and older people are seen as a ‘disempowered, vulnerable and homogeneous group’. Old age is viewed as a problem and ageing is something that needs to be resisted, slowed or disguised. Read more

Delivering prevention in an ageing world: using technology effectively
International Longevity Centre (ILC) – April 2021
This consultation paper identifies the key areas where technology can play a crucial role in helping push forward the prevention agenda. The paper also collates examples of good practice, including insights from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Global Report on Ageism
World Health Organisation – March 2021
This report summarises the best evidence about the scale, impacts and determinants of ageism and the most effective strategies to reduce it. It concludes with three recommendations for action to create a world for all ages. Read more

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