• Interactions between state pension and long-term care reforms: An overview
    The Care and State Pension Reform (CASPeR) research team (comprising of members from the Pensions Policy Institute, the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Health Economics Group at the University of East Anglia) is today publishing ‘Interactions between state pension and long-term care reforms: An overview’. A report which assesses how reforms to the state pension and the English long-term care financing system interact to affect different groups. This report has been sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation.

    The report finds that those most likely to benefit from the reforms are homeowners and high / median income earners.  Lower earning renters could lose out from the combination of reforms, if transitional protection is not introduced.

    To download the report, please click here.
    To download the press release, please click here. 5 November 2015.
  • News from the Action and Research Centre at the RSA
    Today the RSA has launched its latest report, Community Capital: The Value of Connected Communities. The final report from the Big Lottery funded Connected Communities programme, which includes contributions from PSSRU's Martin Knapp and A-La Park, is based on five years of community engagement and research with people in seven locations around the country, and partners at the University of Central Lancashire.

    The report includes findings of social network analysis and wellbeing surveys with 3,000 people and case studies of practical projects designed in cooperation with local residents that are designed to reduce social isolation and boost wellbeing.

    You can download the report here and read a blog introducing the work here. 30 October 2015.
  • Evaluation of the North West London Whole Systems Integrated Care programme
    A report led by PSSRU's Gerald Wistow has been published on the findings of a study carried out between February 2014 and April 2015 to evaluate the early stages of an integrated care programme in North West London.The evaluation does not aim to draw a verdict on the success of integrated care and the impact on care services in North West London, but rather to assess and provide feedback on the approach to designing an integrated care programme.
    Read more... 2 October 2015
  • NHS health check programme wasting £450 million a year, says new report
    The BHS health check programme is ineffective and currently wasting £450 million a year in scarce reosources, according to a new report from LSE and UNiversity of Liverpool. THe programme invites everyone in England aged 40-74 without cardiovascular disease (CVD) for a check every 5 years. Its website advertsies that health checks, branded as "mid-life MOTs", can prevent heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke and dementia, as well as provide support and advice to help individuals manage and reduce their risk of future disease.
    However, according to the report, Invited Debate. NHS Health Checks—a naked emperor?, published in the Journal of Public Health, the NHSHC programme fails to achieve both of these primary objectives.Read more... 21 September 2015 
  • 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... 13 August 2015.
  • 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 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...
    Click here to read the linked journal article. 5 August 2015.
  • 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 used to assess and model potential cognitive effects of medical and public health interventions. Click here to read the full article.
  • LSE report shows dementia costs Wales £1.4 billion a year
    A new LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society reveals the hidden cost of dementia in Wales is estimated at £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person each year.
    The report, prepared by LSE’s Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) is the first of its kind to analyse the economic impact that dementia has on Welsh society and was the subject of a panel discussion ‘Can Wales afford to ignore dementia?’ on Tuesday 14 July at the National Assembly for Wales. Read more...
    Click here to view the full report. 7 July 2015 
  • LSE Research Festival winners
    PSSRU is delighted that two of our colleagues have won prizes at the 2015 LSE Research Festival; Madeleine Stevens’ entry, “Children at risk of developing antisocial and criminal behaviour” is a poster of research depicted in a comic strip format which came first “highly commended” in the Poster category.  The judges said "The cartoon format is unusual and engaging and tells a story that serves to personalise the topic and make it accessible. There is a useful arrangement of additional information." 
    Francesco D’Amico’s entry “Public costs for young adults with behavioural problems in their childhood” came second “highly commended” in the Group Research category. The infographic summarises the findings of a 20 year study developed between researchers from PSSRU and The University of Nottingham. 1 June 2015
  • Thousands miss out on palliative care due to unfair health system
    The UK’s palliative care system needs a major overhaul, according to an LSE report (released Wednesday 8 April), which reveals widespread inequities and a lack of services for non-cancer patients. Terminally ill patients with illnesses other than cancer; people aged over 85 years; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups; and people living in socially deprived areas are all missing out on important palliative care services, the report from the London School of Economics and Political Science shows. Read more here.

    On 17 April, an editorial was published in The Lancet journal which comments on the findings of the report. This can be viewed here. 17 April 2015 
  • Family beliefs a barrier to aged care health reform
    A new study of 15 European countries, including the UK, by Dr Joan Costa-i-Font shows that older parents are boycotting the development of long-term care funding and insurance, fearing their children will relinquish all responsibility for looking after them in their old age. Dr Costa-i-Font says people need to adjust their expectations of family responsibility to become more in tune with reality so that much-needed reforms in the aged care sector can be pursued. 16 January 2015
  • Professor Julian Le Grand awarded Knighthood in New Year Honours list 2015
    Congratulations to Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmus Professor of Social Policy, who was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours list 2015 for services to social science and public service. To view the New Year Honours list 2015 in full, please click here. 4 January 2015

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