later life

People aged 55 and over. The elderly men and women in the population. Old people who may be retired and suffering from chronic disease

Our later life Blogs

Reducing antipsychotic use in people with dementia living in nursing homes


Clarissa Giebel highlights a recent RCT, which concludes that antipsychotic use by people with dementia in nursing homes can be effectively reduced through the use of a review protocol, which includes regular scrutiny of prescriptions and targeted education for physicians and nurses.

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Telemedicine psychotherapy for older veterans with depression


Lisa Burscheidt appraises an RCT of telemedicine psychotherapy for depression in older veterans, which establishes non-inferiority of telemedicine delivery versus same-room delivery of behavioural activation.

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Impacts of special care unit for older adults with learning disabilities and dementia evaluated over three years


People with learning disability may be more likely to develop dementia than other people.

Here Ros Hithersay looks at the findings of a three year evaluation of a special care unit for people with dementia.

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Living positively with dementia: findings from a qualitative systematic review


Clarissa Giebel finds a lot to discuss in a recent qualitative systematic review about living positively with dementia.

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What do we know about designing and delivering care closer to home?


In this blog, Alison Turner looks at a set of guides aims to explore the challenges and benefits of designing and delivering care closer to home.

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What influences physical and mental health-related quality of life for LGBT older people?


Sarah Carr explores a US study on what is associated with physical and mental health-related quality of life for older LGBT people.

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Frailty predicting care intensity in older people with learning disabilities?


In this blog, Rose Tomlins considers a study which explores the use of the Frailty Index to predict increased intensity of care for older adults with learning disabilities.

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What can local decision makers do to address unplanned admissions in the elderly?


This report shares findings of a mixed methods case study, to explore best practice in reducing unplanned admissions in the elderly population.

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Occupational therapy for stroke survivors in UK care homes: findings of an RCT study


Jill Manthorpe discusses a ‘gold standard’ RCT study on occupational therapy for stroke survivors in UK care homes and the implications of the findings.

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Combined methylphenidate and citalopram may help older people with depression recover faster

Depressed older man

Lisa Burscheidt summarises a recent randomised controlled trial of combined methylphenidate and citalopram for depression in older people, which presents promising but limited findings.

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