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Voices on well-being Jennie Fleming. Our questions. What does the term ‘well-being’ mean to you? How does well-being feel? How do you achieve well-being? What are the barriers? What role do services play?

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Voices on well being jennie fleming

Voices on well-being

Jennie Fleming


Voices on well being jennie fleming

Our questions

  • What does the term ‘well-being’ mean to you? How does well-being feel?

  • How do you achieve well-being?

  • What are the barriers?

  • What role do services play?

  • What can be done to improve well-being in older people?


A participative approach

A participative approach

  • Open questions, exploring, probing, encouraging discussion; looking for meaning and explanation

  • A diverse range of older people UK-wide

  • 163 older people:

    • 16 focus groups

    • 30 individual or paired interviews

  • Phase 1 of Shaping our Age


  • Definitions of well being

    Definitions of Well-being

    • Feeling physically healthy – free from pain

      • Having get up and go

      • Able to do what you want to do

      • Feeling of independence

      • Feeling well – mentally / emotionally …

        … happy, content, satisfaction, peace of mind, comfort, warmth, enjoyment

      • Self-worth, achievement


    Number 1 cause of well being

    Number 1 Cause of Well-being

    Relationships and social contacts …

    • Family and friends, community groups and clubs

      • Fun, enjoyment, support, safe and secure, belonging, feeling valued

      • Coping with illness and other difficulties

      • Structure and ‘something to look forward to’

      • Volunteering and helping others

      • Meeting people, feeling useful, self esteem


    Main barrier loneliness feeling isolated

    Main Barrier – Loneliness, feeling isolated

    Some causes:

    Illness; physical impairments; bereavement; language barriers; fragmented families; poor community support; inadequate services; de-personalised services; living alone; inability to leave the home without support

    Can lead to:

    Anxiety, depression, worsening physical health


    Impact of services on well being

    Impact of Services on Well-being

    Positive

    • Health services: GPs, good hospital treatment, chiropodists, occupational therapists

    • Local authorities: housing, libraries, leisure

    • Transport: Concessionary fares, community transport

    • Voluntary sector: e.g. social and day clubs

    Negative

    • Public services: negative attitudes -lack of respect, empathy, listening, compassion

    • Issues:

      • Hospital treatment / hygiene

      • GP appointment systems

      • Disability awareness

      • Information provision

      • Cuts in public expenditure

        • Libraries, post offices, community centres, clubs, public transport, concessionary fares


    What needs to change

    What needs to change?

    “We need to look at ways and means where we can do things ourselves”

    Help and support from others:

    • Involvement

    • Respect and equality

    • Practical help

    • Support in times of particular need

    • Relevant and accessible information

    • Intergenerational initiatives


    Shaping our age what s next

    Shaping our Age: What’s next?

    • Phase 1: National consultation on well-being with older people

    • Phase 2: Defining well-being and the selection of five WRVS services to participate in the action projects

    • Phase 3: Local activities in the five local sites

    • Phase 4: Learning, dissemination and action


    Voices on well being jennie fleming

    • Thank you for listening

    • Questions?


    Voices on well being jennie fleming

    • Full and summary report available to

    • download after 4th Nov at

    • www.wrvs.org.uk/shapingourage


    Voices on well being jennie fleming

    Martin Hoban and Vicki James

    shapingourage.com


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