The Section of Mental Health and Ageing works to improve the quality of life for older people who have mental health problems. The team carries out research in order, in the first instance, to understand the needs and problems of older people and their carers, and then to formulate and evaluate ways of meeting those needs and addressing their problems.
According to the Dementia UK report, commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society and prepared by the IoP and the London School of Economics, in 30 years the numbers of people with dementia will have doubled to 1.4 million and the cost of their care will have trebled to £51 billion per year. The Section works to find effective methods and ways of working to support people with dementia and their carers: it has evaluated the Croydon Memory Service Model of early intervention, for example, and has developed DEMQOL, an instrument to measure the quality of life of people with dementia to allow researchers to gauge the success of new treatments.
Depression in later life is another research focus, as is the evaluation of service developments for older people with mental health problems: the Section seeks to find evidence about the barriers to care faced by older people with mental health problems and how to overcome these.
The Section’s head is Professor Sube Banerjee who is seconded part time to the Department of Health where he is Senior Professional Advisor on Older People’s Mental Health. At the IoP, he holds the post of Professor of Mental Health and Ageing, and is an Honorary Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Professor Banerjee is also Clinical Director of the Mental Health of Older Adults Directorate for SLaM, and is responsible for developing services that meet the mental health needs of older people throughout the four London boroughs served by the Trust.
He is involved with the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, a network of more than 100 researchers who work together to promote research into the prevalence and cause of dementia in different countries, particularly in the developing world, and to find evidence-based solutions.
Professor Banerjee is co-editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (www.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/jhome/4294) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International (www.alz.co.uk), the umbrella organisation of Alzheimer associations around the world, and of the Care and Social Issues Expert Advisory Panel of Alzheimer Europe (www.alzheimer-europe.org/).
The Section collaborates with other research teams here at the IoP and also at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the London School of Economics, Columbia University and with universities across the UK and abroad.
Section of Mental Health and Ageing, PO26
Health Service and Population Research Department
The David Goldberg Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
De Crespigny Park
London SE5 8AF
Phone: 020 7848 5055
Fax: 020 7848 5056
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