PSA target on homecare, and European statistics on aging

1) Health and Social Care Information Centre publication provides information about the Public Service Agreement (PSA) on home care 2004/05. Data is provided at local authority level, to asses the progress being made towards the target. (The past three years have seen a steady increase in the proportion of older people receiving intensive help to live independently at home rather than in residential care.) More…

2) The trend toward ageing is most pronounced in Europe, which by 2025 will have eight of the 10 “oldest” populations—that is, percentage of people above age 60—among countries worldwide with at least 10 million people. Report on the statistics.

This is reportedly from a press release by the Alliance for Health and the Future although we cannot find it on its site. However, it’s a site that many of our readers will be interested to explore.

Distractions ‘hit ageing memory’

A team at the University of California, Berkeley, found that older people had no problems focusing on relevant information – but could not effectively shut out competing distractions. Read more.

Clayton Communications introduces SafeGuardian to US market

SafeGuardian™ One Button Medical Alarm Cell Phone is a small, lightweight battery powered cell phone with a built-in GPS locator. The device is activated with just one push of the single oversized red “call” button on the front. Callers can request to be connected to anyone worldwide, store important information (names, telephone numbers, medical information, etc) for quick contact, receive turn-by-turn driving directions and even request location and directions to any local business, etc. Read more.