2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of Spanish Flu. The deadly influenza (flu) pandemic infected some 500 million people and resulted in deaths of between 50 and 100 million people. 17 million people may have died in India and half a million Americans lost their lives. Spanish Flu probably killed more people than the Black Death and more people in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.
Part One of this mini-series discussed the ageing of our prison population, and the implications of this over the coming years. Part Two explores the interesting, but little-discussed, recent trend of increased sentencing of older people, coupled with the reverse trend for younger age groups.
This blog explores the contemporary relevance of the concept of class and explores whether class is still a useful tool to analyse socio-economic inequality, or voting behaviour, or if it now holds a different meaning in society.
Older people, women in particular, are a valuable market, however currently feel like they are being ignored and misrepresented. This blog explores why marketing and advertising should reflect the diversity of the over 55 category, and not rely on stereotypes to target this group.
Dr Tony Rao writes the risks of long-term drug treatment and the future of pain management in older people for our guest blog.
This extended blog explores recent trends in the demand for healthcare and the supply of nurses, before reflecting on how government policy changes are impacting on the ability of the nursing sector to meet rising needs. We argue that with nursing shortages gripping the NHS, it is time to evaluate how recent policy has failed to get to grips with the problem, and develop a new strategic framework to improve the participation of nurses in the health service. Continue reading
Older people are often seen as a homogenous group. This can mean certain groups of older people are hidden from policy and services, none more so than older people who experience language barriers. Continue reading
Music is an undeniably significant part of being human. It spans different genres, cultures and eras, and it promotes bonding, communication and wellbeing. From listening to music in the car, to playing in an orchestra, discussing the charts, to joking about each other’s ‘bad’ music tastes: music is a crucial part of daily life.
In 1842, the English social reformer Edwin Chadwick documented a 30-year discrepancy between the life expectancy of men in the poorest social classes and the gentry. He also found a North-South health divide with people from all social classes faring better in the rural South than in the industrial North. Continue reading
As growth in the UK’s working age population slows, the role of education in driving forward productivity becomes increasingly important. Continue reading