Older People

GP utilisation in the over 50s

7th January 2015, TILDA

The latest research brief from TILDA (released 23 December 2014) examines the impact of having a medical or GP visit card, as well as private health insurance, on GP visiting rates among the over 50s. The results show that, in comparison with those with ‘no cover’ for GP expenses (i.e., without a medical card or private health insurance):

  • medical/GP cardholders had an extra 1.5 GP visits per annum;

  • those with ‘dual cover’ (i.e., with both a medical/GP card and private health insurance) had approximately 1.6 extra GP visits per annum;

Hydration and Older People in the UK: Addressing the Problem, Understanding the Solutions

7th January 2015, International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK)

Dehydration can have a severe impact on health and well-being, leading to functional and long term health problems, particularly in older people, but as yet this is rarely reflected in the development of nutrition and health policy.

Exercise allows you to age optimally

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Health Canal

Despite risks, benzodiazepine use highest in older people

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Medical Xpress
Tablet computer web browsing by older people surges

Research to improve older people’s access to GP

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Health Canal
Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'

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BBC News

Older people rely on disability benefits, UK study finds

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Guardian

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