How IMPACTAgewell® helped Raymond and Etta

Our recent case study of IMPACTAgewell®, developed by the Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership (MEAAP), showed how the project was supporting older people to understand and navigate the different health and social care services in their local area. Here, Sarah McLaughlin from MEAAP talks about just two of the many older people that the project has helped.

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Skin wounds that won’t heal: can stem cells help where antibiotics can’t?

Skin wounds that won’t heal are a big problem, particularly for older people, and have a big impact on quality of life. However, current treatments and antibiotics aren’t very effective, running the risk of long-term, chronic infection. Professor Phil Stephens and his team are investigating whether packets of bioactive compounds secreted by stem cells could create an anti-microbial environment that will help skin wounds to heal better.

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Using genetic data to understand the causes of age-related macular degeneration

When investigating diseases of ageing and their causes, it can be very difficult, time-consuming and expensive to conduct randomised controlled trials. Instead, Drs Reecha Sofat and Valerie Kuan are using a technique called Mendelian Randomisation to understand the underlying risk factors for the sight loss condition age-related macular degeneration, shedding light on new ideas for prevention and treatment.

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Technology to Aid our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (TAPPI) – developing a benchmark for what ‘good’ looks like in technology for housing and care

There has been a ‘revolution’ in the way that digital and online technologies, communications and media have influenced our daily lives over the past few decades. However, the same cannot be said for the role of digital and technology in care, health and housing. We are supporting the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) to collate information and learning on this topic, laying the foundations for a set of principles which will showcase how best to achieve transformational change in the delivery of technology-enabled care.

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Social Care Institute for Excellence and Dunhill Medical Trust launch new Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support

With funding from DMT, a new commission has been set up to develop an evidence-based vision and roadmap for housing in the future of care and support. It will review progress of the 2014 Commission on Residential Care’s recommendations, taking account of COVID-19, and will consider all forms of housing services that provide care and support for older people.

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