Subjective experiences trump hard evidence: older people’s choice of residential care

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Kate Baxter reviews a study by Trigg et al. (2018) which explores and compares the type and quantity of information that makes people feel comfortable when choosing a residential care home in the UK, Netherlands and Spain.

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My watch knows when I’m anhedonic: wearable technology and social functioning in older adults with depression

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Dave Steele explores a recent literature review about the impact and measurement of social dysfunction in late life depression, which focuses on how wearable technology can be used to measure and support social functioning in older adults.

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Oral Health in people with dementia

This study is the first of its kind from an RCT perspective which clearly shows that treating major depression in older adults using interventions in primary care settings can extend life

This review of oral health in older people with dementia included 37 mainly observational studies of limited quality. The findings suggest that oral health was generally poorer in those with dementia.

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Music therapy for depression in older adults: How can I be sure of you?

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Dave Steele appraises a systematic review that reports music therapy combined with standard therapies is effective for treating depressive symptoms in older adults. He’s unconvinced by these claims and would like a bit more harmony in the evidence-base before striking up the band.

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Root canal treatment –patient age not a prognostic factor

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This review of the outcome of root canal treatment in older adults included 24 studies (9 prospective, 15 retrospective) and suggests that outcomes are the same as in younger adults.

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Rape of older people: challenging the ‘Real Rape’ stereotype

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Jill Manthorpe welcomes a recent paper by Bows & Westmarland, which provides a very useful summary of research about the rape and sexual violence committed against older women in the UK.

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Independent living: what matters most to very old people?

Older people with learning disabilities need opportunities to speak for themselves

Jill Manthorpe reports on an Australian qualitative study on what independent living means to very old people.

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