Perspectives in Public Health

Articles from Vol. 132, No. 4, July

Caring for Older People: The Case in the UK
Dr Genny Lane FRSPH, Community Doctor, calls for the need for compassion when it comes to caring for older peopleAll over Europe the elderly population has increased exponentially during the last few years. This is broadly due to an increase in population...
Cutting Edge
Sleeping too much does not make you fat according to a new study. The study by Watson and colleagues found that sleeping more than nine hours a night may actually suppress genetic influences on body weight. Researchers looked at 1,088 pairs of twins...
Dementia: An International Crisis?
A new report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for countries across the world to address the serious problem of dementiaAn ageing population has significant health consequences. With the risk of dementia increasing over 65 years...
Designing and Implementing Healthy Ageing Policies
Dr Gareth Morgan from NHS Wales looks at how healthy ageing policies need to be implemented to ensure a success healthy ageing programmeWhat is 'evidence'? The traditional hierarchy of 'evidence', ranging from metaanalysis of randomised controlled trials...
Diary
15th August 2012, John Snow House, 59 Mansell Street, London, E1 8ANApplied Award in Health Improvement - Train the TrainerThis day prepares Centres to be able to support candidates in collecting and putting together their portfolio of evidence and undertake...
Factors Impacting on the Well-Being of Older Residents in Rural Communities
AbstractBackground: In Australia, rural areas have higher proportions of older persons than metropolitan areas, where ageing poses many challenges related to social isolation, reduced mobility, more chronic disease and comorbidity, greater socio-economic...
Guest Editorial
Given that health is a difficult concept to define,1 by extension 'healthy ageing' may have broad interpretation. It further follows that many factors influence the 'healthy ageing' agenda. In this special issue of Perspectives in Public Health, efforts...
Healthy Ageing: The Role of Health Care Services
AbstractThe implications of the imminent surge in population ageing for the work of health care services in high-income countries remain unclear. It is widely expected, however, that the prevention and management of chronic disease will increasingly...
How to Age Successfully - and Healthily?
Is that a birthday? 'tis, alas! too clear; 'Tis but the funeral of the former year.Alexander Pope (1688-1744)1Ageing refers both to the ageing of the population and to the increasing number of people reaching that age:2 and the UK, in common with most...
Loneliness: A Public Health Issue
With nearly one in ten older people suffering from loneliness, isolation and lack of social interaction is now the hidden killer of the elderlyLoneliness amongst older people is an issue often overlooked in the pursuit to ensure the health and wellbeing...
Peep into Policy, Politics, Parliament
Asset Based Approaches - the new concept in health improvementThe 27th of March saw the conference "Delivering Asset Based Approaches for Public Health: Responding to the Challenge", developed by the North of Scotland Public Health Network.T he one day...
Research Roundup
Living longer is good news for all of us but are we actually developing appropriate policies to deal with an ageing population? Below are some examples of research which has helped shape and influence policy.Older people in the workforceDiscrimination...
STI Epidemiology in the Global Older Population: Emerging Challenges
AbstractThis paper reviews the evidence concerning the epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with a particular focus on older people. Evidence from North America, Australia, China and Korea clearly shows increasing rates of many STIs...
Streets Ahead? the Role of the Built Environment in Healthy Ageing
Elizabeth Burton from the University of Warwick presents an overview of how the built environment could contribute to healthy ageing, and outlines the key issues that need to be addressed for the creation and adaptation of environments to be successfulAs...
The Contribution of Resilience to Healthy Ageing
Gill Windle from the Dementia Services Development Centre at Bangor University looks at the role of resilience in healthy ageingGlobal demographic changes in the ageing population have made healthy ageing policy an international priority.i Policymakers...
The Role of Government and Public Health Organizations in Healthy Ageing
Increasing life expectancy is a positive public health indicator and reflects an improving healthcare system both nationally and globally. Yet, a paradoxical challenge is apparent in that the increased burden of social and economic consequences of an...
The Role of Occupation and Working in Healthy Ageing
Work life can have a significant impact on ageing. Professor Harri Vainio, from the Finish Institute of Occupational Health, looks at what should be done to ensure that work promotes healthy ageingThe importance of healthy ageing poses challenges to...
Vaccinations and Preventive Screening Services for Older Adults: Opportunities and Challenges in the USA
AbstractVaccinations and disease-screening services occupy an important position within the constellation of interventions designed to prevent, forestall or mitigate illness: they straddle the worlds of clinical medicine and public health. This paper...
What Will Work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power
What will work: Fighting Climate Change with Renewable Energy, Not Nuclear Power. By Kristin Shrader-Frechette. Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. Hardback 363pp. Price £27.50. ISBN: 978-0-19-979463-8The author is described as a philosopher-...
Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases
Working to Overcome the Global Impact of Neglected Tropical Diseases. By World Health Organization, 2010. ISBN: 978-92-4-1564090With so much attention paid to HIV/ AIDS, TB, and Malaria, it is appropriate to segregate a given set of lesser diseases into...

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