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Older People Demand a Change to Existing Forms of Care and Support

Early findings from an innovative action research project being carried out by NDTi and Community Catalysts are published today Monday 17 October 2011 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

These findings show there is a huge amount of interest among older people and their families in different forms of care and support located within their neighbourhoods, and in personal networks which can harness their own contributions and local community resources. As Directors of Adult Social Care, thought leaders and politicians gather for the annual National Children and Adults Social Care Conference (19-21 October 2011) with its theme of Tough Times, Good Decisions, a key question for delegates is "why is there still very little access to such options?‟

Whilst exciting models and examples do exist these are few and far between, and for many older people these options are not considered in the first place, largely due to the negative perceptions and attitudes of professionals towards 'the frail elderly'. Those involved in this research have asserted that people want to continue to contribute as they get older and have assets which are often wasted.

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