Older People Presentation


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presentation about Sense's strategy and campaigning work on the needs of older people who are losing vision and hearing

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Older People Presentation

  1. 1. Older people losing their vision and hearing Influencing the policy agenda
  2. 2. An ageing population <ul><li>In Australia, the number of people aged over 65 years will grow from 2.5 million in 2002 to over 7 million by 2051 </li></ul><ul><li>In UK, 1 in 5 people over 60 have both hearing and sight loss </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s happening out there? <ul><li>Demographic change </li></ul><ul><li>Social welfare systems in trouble </li></ul><ul><li>In England, the number of dependent older people in England is projected to grow from 2.5 million in 2001 to just over 4 million in 2031 - an increase of 57% </li></ul><ul><li>Local Government Association state current model of providing care is unsustainable </li></ul><ul><li>In England, eligibility criteria increasingly only substantial and critical </li></ul>
  4. 4. Older older people <ul><li>In UK, number of people aged over 85 will increase by 38% between 2005 and 1017 </li></ul><ul><li>In UK, 270,000 people over 75 have a hearing and sight loss which means they probably meet the deafblind criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Some increased recognition of sensory impairment in old age </li></ul>
  5. 5. Older people and the deafblind field <ul><li>What do these changes mean for the state and for the locality? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen to deafblind services as a result? </li></ul><ul><li>What should happen? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deafblind organisations need to consider how they can bring to the attention of policy makers the importance and the value of addressing the needs of older people arising from dual sensory loss. People and services with skills in working with deafblind people need to be involved in older people’s services in a way that is effective and sustainable. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Three changes are needed: <ul><li>Significant investment in the deafblind specialism </li></ul><ul><li>Deafblind specialists and services increasingly focusing on older people </li></ul><ul><li>Deafblind specialists devoting time and resources to awareness raising and transferring expertise to mainstream services for older people. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Not a low incidence disability <ul><li>Older people losing sight and hearing is an issue for all who are responsible for policy and support for older people. We can’t sustain an argument that specialized services are required for such a mainstream issue. However specialized services are required to develop and disseminate solutions and good practice that can be delivered by the mainstream. There will also be a need for specialized services to work with people whose needs are particularly complex and difficult to meet. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sense’s older people strategy After 10 years <ul><li>We will be a specialist resource working with people who present the most severe challenges </li></ul><ul><li>We will be working with local authorities and other bodies who are providing services to older people </li></ul><ul><li>There will be an awareness of deafblindness in older people and a higher profile for Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising will have new sources of income – might be easier to fundraise! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sense’s older people strategy (3 yrs) <ul><li>Policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly the Fill In The Gaps campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing good links e.g. joint seminar with Help The Aged in November </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Direct support / assessment / specialist advice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainly developments in Sense outreach work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geared up to respond to requests </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Membership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense Plus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the population and needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Revising the “number of deafblind people” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of successful interventions </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why a campaign? <ul><li>Sense outreach workers had identified two problems: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People don’t get referred for help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When they are referred, professionals don’t know what support to give </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Older people’s services don’t take account of sensory loss </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone sees sensory loss as a natural part of the ageing process </li></ul><ul><li>People don’t know what they or the person they support are entitled to </li></ul><ul><li>People don’t know what action to take </li></ul>
  11. 11. Evidence of need <ul><li>No social contacts or a restricted social life and are likely to be much more isolated than other people of the same age </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 3 would like to undertake more social activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mental health problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 times more cognitive problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2.7 times more depressive symptoms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More frailty and illness than their contemporaries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more likely to be unfit / frail and 3 times more likely to have falls. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Professionals <ul><li>A range of materials is being produced aimed at the different targets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Authority Social Services – 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Care homes/domiciliary care – 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GP surgeries - 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training events are being organised for each of these target groups </li></ul>
  13. 13. Public <ul><li>Raising awareness amongst the public, especially those aged 50 – 70 i.e. people who are likely to be carers of older people </li></ul><ul><li>Information booklet available from Sense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just because you can’t see or hear too well…. Doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy “The Good Life” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richard Briers endorsement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media campaign to publicise </li></ul><ul><li>Briefing for other organisations information services </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of entry on Sense website to the campaign i.e. www.sense.org.uk/fillinthegaps . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Aims of Fill In The Gaps <ul><li>A higher profile for dual sensory loss, including on the policy agenda </li></ul><ul><li>The mainstreaming of dual sensory loss in older people’s services </li></ul>
  15. 15. Results in 2006 <ul><li>Resources were so popular we had to re-print </li></ul><ul><li>130 people attended professional seminars </li></ul><ul><li>All those attending said they were likely or very likely to use what they learned (72% said very likely) </li></ul><ul><li>There is evidence of action following the seminars </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions for discussion <ul><li>To what extent is policy responding to demographic change </li></ul><ul><li>What are the likely consequences for services (especially for deafblind services) of demographic change? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there useful lessons from Sense’s experience and what are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Who else has addressed this issue? </li></ul><ul><li>Is similar action required elsewhere? </li></ul>
  17. 17. For more information <ul><li>visit www.sense.org.uk/fillinthegaps . </li></ul><ul><li>Malcolm Matthews </li></ul><ul><li>Sense </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Community Support & Information </li></ul><ul><li>Sense, 11-13 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3SR </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: +44 20 7561 3313 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile: +44 77 9534 8701 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: +44 20 7272 6012 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul>