Institute proposes programme to meet the health needs of older people

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1042
  1. Mark Gould
  1. 1London

    An old age version of the Sure Start programme for children, which brings together health, social care, and support, is vital to halt a decline in mental health and wellbeing among people aged over 65, says an influential left leaning think tank.

    The Institute for Public Policy Research concludes that older people’s health and wellbeing is “severely neglected” and policies focus on the young. It says depressive illness is under-recognised in older people despite the fact that a recorded 2.4 million older people have a depressive illness that impairs their quality of life and is a major reason for admission to nursing …

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