Dr Karen Windle talks mental health on BBC Look North

 posted by | 19/02/2016

SONY DSCThe need to support the mental health of older people has been highlighted by leading academic Dr Karen Windle as part of a week-long BBC news series about the topic.

Dr Windle, a Reader in the University of Lincoln’s School of Health and Social Care, says combatting loneliness will play a large role in improving the wellbeing of older people. In the report, Dr Windle explains how isolation and depression amongst the over 65s can have a huge impact on the physical health of older people.

Calling for more action, Dr Windle explained in the report that if someone is suffering from loneliness and social isolation, they are far more likely to be depressed and anxious, and they are far more likely to use residential and nursing care services at an earlier stage.

Dr Windle’s research focuses on well-being for older people including prevention, personalisation and integration across the social and health care fields, particularly on different policy innovations and implementation involving older people.

The BBC series can be watched on iPlayer. Watch the full report with Dr Windle here (from 16:50): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b070j9bx/look-north-east-yorkshire-and-lincolnshire-18022016