Age UK’s new report on the state of mental health care for older people in England, Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people, sheds new light on the current state of NHS mental health services for those in later life.
The scale of the problem surrounding old age mental health cannot be underestimated. An estimated 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 live with a common mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, rising to a staggering 40 per cent of people living in care homes. Yet the Royal College of Psychiatrists has estimated that nearly 85 per cent of older people do not receive any help. Continue reading
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This blog post was contributed by Libby Archer, Research manager at Age UK.
UK Vision Strategy organises the leading annual national conference for the eye health and sight loss sectors. The 2016 event, held on 16 June in London, pushed boundaries for implementing the UK Vision Strategy. Success will depend on engagement by multiple stakeholders across the wider health and social care sectors as well as the sight loss sector. Collaboration was the theme of the day. Continue reading
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