Wither research into the needs of older people [sic] ???

First off, an anecdote inspired by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP's, announcement to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS, that all older people will have a named clinician responsible for their care. This is absolutely good news.  But it's the view down the narrow end of the telescope.  I wonder how things might … Continue reading Wither research into the needs of older people [sic] ???

Social care research opportunities

We don't talk nearly enough about social care research.  I sometimes wonder whether we have 'over-medicalised' the health research agenda at times, so that all we shout about are new medicines and treatments - me included.  It is a trend that seems counter to the needs of our society and also the changes in the … Continue reading Social care research opportunities

Has Age UK lost the research mojo?

An article by Anjana Ahuja in The Observer the weekend before last, examined the dispute that has arisen over the new funding guidelines that Age UK has issued for its scientific grants programme. A range of leading scientist in the field of ageing including Professor Richard Faragher, Chair of the British Society for Research on … Continue reading Has Age UK lost the research mojo?

Care of the elderly: Where did we all go wrong?

Care of the elderly has always been an issue close to my heart. As a schoolboy I would spend one afternoon each week visiting a frail and vulnerable woman in her eighties who lived on a nearby estate. I would help her around the house and with her garden. She was prone to falls. The … Continue reading Care of the elderly: Where did we all go wrong?