10 million people in the UK are over 65 years old. Research suggests this will rise to 15.5 million by 2030. By 2050 one-in-four people in the UK will be over 65.
The growing population of older people is one of the greatest challenges facing health and social care. In March 2011, the CLAHRC adopted a fifth theme which encompasses Older People’s Health and Wellbeing.
In the NDL region there are a number of research studies investigating the health and well being of older people. In particular, the care and treatment of people who experience mental health problems in old age is a high priority for commissioners, within the overarching framework of the National Dementia Strategy.
Within this field we include innovative services provided for people with ‘working age dementia’ as a result of the local service strategy which was evaluated in May 2011.
Medical Crises in Older People (MCOP)
Medical Crises in Older People is a 5 year project funded by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programme grant, hosted in the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, with the host organisation being the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
MCOP is led by Principal Investigator Professor John Gladman (Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing). The programme has three workstreams focussing on:
Older people admitted to general hospitals for medical reasons who also have co-morbid psychiatric problems. This is led by Professor Rowan Harwood.
Older people who present to the acute medical unit of a general hospital with a medical crisis, but who do not need to be admitted and so are discharged. This is led by Dr Simon Conroy (University of Leicester).
mproving the health care of the residents of care homes. This is led by Professor John Gladman and Professor Tony Avery.