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Title: Two late life challenges : early intervention and mental health in later life and caring in mid and later life : exploring experiences, advancing understanding and informing care
Author: Milne, Alisoun
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2010
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Over the last decade much academic and policy attention has been paid to both mental health in later life and to family caregiving. Within these broad areas, early intervention in mental ill health amongst older people, and the roles and experiences of mid life and older carers are prominent dimensions. They are linked by a number of cross cutting themes: age related issues; the role of health and social care services; user and carer involvement; and conceptualisations of ageing, caring and mental health. They also offer a number of research opportunities and challenges. These two distinctive but overlapping topic areas represent the key foci of my research work for the last nine years and are the subject of my PhD thesis. Age related mental ill health and family care are challenges for both the research and health care communities. That both affect an increasing proportion of older people is also of key relevance. There are growing numbers of people aged 60 years and over who are developing mental ill health, particularly dementia. At the same time an ever larger number of people in mid and later life are becoming long term carers, especially for their spouses or parent/parents in law. As understanding about the importance of mental well being and the prevention and early treatment of mental health problems grows there is a commensurate need for policy, service and community responses. The demand for screening and early diagnosis of dementia and for enhanced understanding of the impact of dementia on individuals' lives, is a particular example. The implications for family care of greater number of older people with dementia is inescapable, an issue that brings the two strands of my work together. As the UK's ageing population continues to expand both issues are of pivotal importance to policy makers, health and social care commissioners, professionals and services, as well to older people and their families. Advancing knowledge and extending understanding of these two interrelated fields underpin my past, and current, research work. That both areas were hitherto underexplored has allowed my research to be both original and to advance knowledge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: H Social Sciences