Why is it important to consider so-called “invisible” older people in UK healthcare?

Anthea Tinker (Professor of Social Gerontology, Institute of Gerontology, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London, London, UK)
Nesar Gilani (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)
Isabella Luthra (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)
Olivia Richardson (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)
Alexander Howells (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)
Zaid Kureeman (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)
Olamide Oshunniyi (Medical Student, King's College London, London, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Publication date: 8 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to start a debate about older people who are in groups that are not readily visible to policy makers and practitioners.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on information obtained from academic literature, government statistics and other publications from relevant organisations. The authors investigated one “invisible” group each and comparisons and conclusions were then made collaboratively.

Findings

Many groups of older people seem to be absent from statistics and from policy making. The paper suggests that there needs to be more research to identify the scale of any problems and how they may be solved.

Research limitations/implications

This is not a systematic review but a preliminary account of the problem.

Practical implications

There are practical implications for health and social care professionals if they do not recognise that there are groups in society about whom little is known. Lack of knowledge and empathy may affect their approach to these groups.

Social implications

There are implications for society if these groups are not taken into account in decision making and especially over the allocation of resources.

Originality/value

There is little written which brings together the lack of attention paid to these groups as a whole.

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Citation

Tinker, A., Gilani, N., Luthra, I., Richardson, O., Howells, A., Kureeman, Z. and Oshunniyi, O. (2014), "Why is it important to consider so-called “invisible” older people in UK healthcare?", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 187-196. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-08-2014-0012

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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