The arts can help keep us well, aid our recovery, support longer lives better lived, meet major challenges facing social care, ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health - as well as save money in social care. Those are the key findings in a briefing paper by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (Scie). Click here.
From the CareKnowledge website, a report entitled Measuring National Well-being: Life in the UK by the Office for National Statistics.
Research has shown that in some cases older people in care can spend nearly 80% of their day sitting which can have a serious impact on physical and mental health. The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1m drive to increase levels of physical activity. Click here to read the story on the Care Inspectorate website.
Occupational therapy and physical activity interventions to promote the mental health wellbeing of older people in primary care and residential care - a report from SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.
Activities co-ordinators are becoming a regular feature in residential care home staff teams.