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The internet is both harming and helping older people in social interactions

Almost five million Britons aged over 64 do not have any internet skills, with many older people believing digital technology is “too difficult to use” and a luxury rather than a tool for improving life quality.

The report, co-authored by Jackie Damant and Martin Knapp, found that digital technology has the potential to both harm and help social networking. It can lead to a breakdown in traditional forms of social interaction but also allow older people to maintain contact with distant friends and relatives through email and Skype, alleviating loneliness. Read more...


Ernestina Coast: Unsafe abortions in Zambia

Around 30 per cent of maternal deaths in Zambia each year are due to unsafe abortions. In the linked video, produced by the Department of Social Policy at LSE, LSE Health's Dr Ernestina Coast explains why Zambian women continue to take unnecessary risks to end unwanted pregnancies, despite abortion being legal in their country since 1972.

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Attending church is the key to good mental health among older Europeans

A study of depression among older Europeans has found that joining a religious organisation is more beneficial than charity work, sport or education in improving their mental health.

LSE Health's Dr Mauricio Avendano (pictured left), said the only activity associated with sustained happiness was attending a church, synagogue or mosque.

“The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life. It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated,” he said. Read more...


Modelling a cognitive footprint to meet the global challenge of dementia

The increase in dementia cases around the world has led to predictions of unaffordable treatment costs over the coming decades, to the point that many countries have had to develop "national dementia plans".

In this article in The Lancet, Martin Rossor, together with PSSRU's Martin Knapp, discuss the concept of a "cognitive footprint"; similar to a carbon footprint, the cognitive footprint can either be negative or positive. This can be used to assess and model potential cognitive effects of medical and public health interventions. Click here to read the full article.

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HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45 
Venue: LSE

An event to mark the 10th anniversary of Health Economics Policy and Law will take place at the London School of Economics from 18:00 - 19:45 on Thursday 22 October 2015. The programme will begin with some words about HEPL from Patrick McCartan of Cambridge University Press. There will then be short statements from some of the members of HEPL’s International Advisory Board on what they think the biggest challenges will be in health care policy, either from the perspective of their own country or internationally, over the next 10 years. The presenters reflect the mix of disciplinary perspectives on which HEPL focuses (i.e. economics, political science and law).

Click here for further information.

Knowledge Exchange Impact Residential 2015
Date: 4 - 6 November 2015
Venue:  Hunton Park, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire

This residential will focus on interactive activities and information sharing about social care research impact. Participants will develop their understanding of knowledge exchange methods and processes, pathways to impact and approaches to embedding knowledge exchange and impact successfully within research projects (both at the proposals stage and for ongoing research). It will reflect on impact from policy and practice viewpoints and briefly explore lessons from impact case studies (including the REF 2014). Please click here for further information, including costs and an application form.

Applications for this residential must be submitted no later than 22 September 2015.

To view all forthcoming and past events, please see the events page.

New Eurohealth on Health system developments in former Soviet countries

Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 2

Edited by Sherry Merkur, Anna Maresso and David McDaid, this issue’s Eurohealth Observer section looks at the challenges and achievements of former Soviet countries with regards to primary care, specialised and inpatient services, and pharmaceutical care as well as reforms in Ukraine and challenges to universal coverage in Uzbekistan. Other articles include: Health priorities for Luxembourg’s EU Presidency; Care for older people in Denmark and Norway; Dutch expectation on out-of-pocket payments; Inequity in long-term care use in Spain; and Eurohealth Monitor.



Assessing Improvements in Dementia Care and Support

The Department of Health (DH) commissioned a team from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (as part of the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) and with support from the NIHR School for Social Care Research) to conduct a review to map data available and to summarise key research evidence on trends in dementia care in England over recent years, particularly since 2009.

The report "Independent assessment of improvements in dementia care and support since 2009" is now available - click here.


Eurohealth Volume 21 Number 1

Reducing inequalities in health and health care

This Eurohealth issue provides a reflection on the 7th European Public Health Conference which was held in late 2014 in Glasgow. Articles in the Observer section look specifically at health inequalities - How Roma communities are responding to these; adaptation of health promotion and disease prevention interventions for migrant and ethnic minority populations; and the Glasgow Declaration. Other articles include: Learning from each other - where health promotion meets infectious diseases; Public health monitoring and reporting; Changing your health behaviour - regulate or not; Developing the public health workforce; Building sustainable and resilient health care systems; Leaving a legacy in Glasgow; Conclusions; and Eurohealth Monitor.

To view more publications, please see the publications page.

Listed below are the three most recent blog posts from the LSEHSC blog:

Internet delivers mixed messages for older people
by Geoff Ellis How will the internet impact on older people’s ability to maintain social networks in coming decades? A new report argues there will always be a generational divide in capabilities and preferences about information and communication technology (ICT), and this could materially and socially disadvantage some older people. Jacqueline Damant and Martin Knapp of the Personal Social Services […]

Social investment in long-term care
by Geoff Ellis More people now reach an age where declining health make them dependent on help from others. Only a few EU countries provide extensive, publically financed care for these frail older people. In many countries, most care is provided on an unpaid, informal basis by family members, most of whom are women. While rising life expectancy increases the […]

Are bigger nursing homes better?
by Edward Norton Larger nursing homes appear to have lower mortality than smaller facilities. It is well known that larger homes tend to be lower cost, so we can ask whether economies of scale translate somehow into better quality. Is nursing home size related to quality of care? It is very hard to figure out the level of nursing home […]


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