Research supported by Age UK and the National Institute for Health Research School for Public Health Research (NIHR SPHR) has generated a report ‘The Age UK almanac of disease profiles in later life: A reference on the frequency of major diseases, conditions and syndromes affecting older people in in England’.
The report is based on a series of studies carried out by the University of Exeter Medical School Ageing Research Group that reveal the current landscape of age-related disease prevalence and prescribing for people aged 60 to 100+, using data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink, Hospital Episode Statistics and other sources.
That we are living longer is a cause for celebration but brings about an increase in the number of people living with long-term conditions such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and loss of mobility.
This raises questions about the nature and organisation of health care, for which healthcare professionals and other stakeholders need reliable information on the prevalence of common age-related conditions and the level of ‘medicalisation’ in older people.
To download a copy of the The Age UK almanac of disease profiles in later life report and find out more about the research vist: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/professional-resources-home/research/reports/health-wellbeing/almanac-disease-profiles/