Older people

People are living longer. There are now around 12 million older people (aged 65 or over) in the UK.


While many are living healthy lives, as we age the likelihood of needing acute care or ongoing care (for example, while living with long-term conditions) grows. The ageing population creates new challenges for society – as demonstrated by the increase in demand for NHS services and social care.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Better Together: Improving the health of older people in Swansea

Improvement project
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This project will involve working with communities to co-design and deliver a small-scale test and learn project to evaluate the impact of weekly community-based group meetings on the health of partic...

Creative activities to improve staff wellbeing, quality of care and the way people living with dementia and their carers support their own health

Improvement project
Opens Apr 2019

This project is aiming to use creative activities to make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of staff and people with dementia.

Improving health and wellbeing using a preventative multidisciplinary approach in targeted community settings

Improvement project
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This project aims to reduce the demand for GP services by improving the health and wellbeing of targeted communities in a deprived area of South Wales.

Health and health care use of older people living alone

12 December 2018

December 2018 Chart of the Month. We examined the characteristics of people aged 65 or older living alone and the impact that living arrangements have on their health and health care use. 

Living alone matters

13 December 2018

Principal Data Analyst Kathryn Dreyer uses data to explore the connection between older people living alone and A&E attendance.

Building an analytical framework around the Electronic Frailty Index to transform care for people living with frailty

Improvement project

This project will establish a whole-system analytical framework to identify all frail patients in Midlothian, and will provide support to general practices to analyse the data and measure improvement.

Pressure reduction through continuous monitoring in community settings (PROMISE)

Improvement project
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This project aims to alleviate discomfort and reduce pressure damage in people at high risk of developing pressure ulcers.

Safer prescribing for frailty: polypharmacy reduction in general practice

Improvement project

This project aimed to reduce inappropriate prescribing, thereby preventing medication errors and reducing health care utilisation for older people living with frailty.

Nurse-led intervention to minimise adverse drug reactions for older adults in care homes

Improvement project

This project will commence in September 2017 and run for 15 months. Run by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. A nurse-led intervention to monitor care home residents for any adverse side effects o...

You don’t have to be the boss to be a leader

Newsletter feature
30 August 2017

In 2013, Danielle Wilde led a Health Foundation Shine project called My Discharge, which successfully reduced length of stay and avoidable readmissions for patients with dementia.

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