Clinical update

Mental well-being and independence for older people

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a quality standard to help improve the mental well-being and independence for older people

Essential facts

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a quality standard to help improve the mental well-being and independence for older people.

The UK population is ageing rapidly, with the number of people age 65 or above rising by almost half in the past three decades. By 2035, it is estimated that almost one in four people will be age 65 or above. According to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), five factors affect the mental health and well-being of older people:

  • Discrimination.
  • Participating in meaningful activities.
  • Relationships.
  • Physical health.
  • Poverty.

What’s new?

NICE has published a new quality standard on mental well-being and independence for older people. It includes identifying those at risk of

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