Mental health problems are a common issue, particularly for people with depression and dementia. Poor health generally brings with it fear of personal dependence.
This report examines accepted definitions of well-being for the elderly UK population, the “causes” of well-being and the impact of services on that well-being. The report goes on to investigate barriers to well-being and offer suggestions for improving well-being. It finds that services which older people think of as being important to their well-being will could degraded as a result of government cuts imposing greater pressure on the health service, social services etc. The authors of this report find there is a potential for involving older people in improving their own well-being however.
“Shaping our Age” aims to explore ways in which older people may get involved in the development of services to enhance their own well-being.
Hoban, M. James, V. [and] Pattrick, K. [et al]. Voices on well-being: a report of research with older people. (Shaping our age: involving older people in improving their well-being). Cardiff: WRVS, November 2011.
Note: In 2013 the WRVS (formerly the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service) dropped the “W” to reflect the fact that many of their volunteers are men and to mark their 75th anniversary.