Where has this year gone? I could have sworn that the social and political connections, and indeed year had just begun. It has been a busy year, however, reconnections that enable, empower and inform older in all matters health, housing and social care, and people in different aspects of their lives. tempus fugit when life is busy. Early in the year, the These connections are examined through the Single Government announced Partnerships for Older Assessment Process, intermediate care within extra People Projects and published its long awaited Adult care housing, mobile phones, direct payments, the Social Care Green Paper and subsequently published Better Government for Older People programme and the responses. The King’s Find issued its report about a national intergenerational initiative. We also the state of care homes in London and announced its welcome the return of two previous contributors: Dr Wanless Review. We saw the 20/20 Project launched Gary Kitchen of Get Heard, who reports on the to create a ‘vision’ for older people’s housing and care outcomes of an Age Concern campaign to reconnect services in the 21st century, and we welcomed a politicians with issues affecting older people; and national focus during Comic Relief on the issue of Elizabeth Ormerod who, in part two of her article, protecting vulnerable adults. sets out how to go about introducing a companion I could continue this list of important events – animal programme within a housing or care setting. evidence that greater attention is being paid to Finally, in the first of two articles, we visit Liverpool, upholding and protecting older people’s rights, as well due to be the European capital of culture in 2008, as recognising their social contribution. There is where activities are helping to reconnect the city’s perhaps still a long way to go, but 2005 has been an older citizens to their past and their communities. important year. Indeed, in July, we marked the As always, we have a selection of publication sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Second World reviews and a round up of the news from the last few War, a national celebration that brought the months. I hope you and your colleagues will take generations together to pay tribute to those who lived some time out to ‘connect’ with these articles and and fought during those terrible years. enjoy them – don’t forget that if you have any This edition of Working with Older People follows comments about the journal or ideas for articles, do that theme of links and connections; namely between please contact us. older people and services, between organisations and agencies to deliver those services and between other Fiona Thomas Editorial Board Dr Mark Bayliss Helena Herklots Consultant Physician, Brighton General Hospital Assistant Director/Head of Policy, Policy Unit, Nick Bishop Age Concern England Senior Manager, Social Services, Portsmouth City Michéle Hollywood Council Marketing Director, Hanover Housing Association Katerina Clarke Ann Mackay Communications Manager, Action on Elder Abuse Executive Director of Community Care, Lorna Easterbrook English Community Care Association Independent Consultant Claudine McCreadie Liz Evans Research Fellow, Institute of Gerontology, Kings College Ward Sister, Wycombe General Hospital London John Galvin Dave Paveling Director, Elderly Accommodation Counsel Director, Centre for Sheltered Housing Studies Fiona Thomas Editor, Working with Older People Working with Older People December 2005 Volume 9 Issue 4 © Pavilion
Working with Older People – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2005
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