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Diálogos comparativos entre profissionais da saúde brasileiros e britânicos sobre cuidados ao idoso


The esteemed Global Index Report (2015) indicates that the UK and Brazil are facing an ageing population (http://www.helpage.org/global-agewatch/). In Brazil there are 24.4 million people aged over 60 (11.7% of the population) whilst in the UK 14.9 million (23% of the total population) and these figures are set to rise by 2030/2050. Like the UK, Brazil is witnessing an ageing population resulting in older people experiencing co-morbidities and placing increasing pressures on the current healthcare systems. There is a global prevalence of cognitive impairment illnesses such as dementia with 46 million people live with dementia worldwide and this number is estimated to increase to 131.5 million by 2050. Furthermore, it is estimated that 94% of people living with dementia in low and middle income countries are cared for at home. These are regions in Brazil where health and care systems often provide limited or no support to people living with dementia or to their families.Older people who become affected by disability, multi-morbidity and/or frailty frequently become care-dependent and have complex care needs. Rapid population ageing and associated rise in demand for health and social care are a phenomenon facing both high and low-income countries therefore this proposed mobility award is timely in facilitating these discussions on the challenges this presents. The mobility award will enable the UK researcher to gather information and begin to understand and compare the complexities within the Brazilian context and is strongly linked to the OPAL study, commissioned by FAPESP/British Council in 2017 (2017-RLWK8-10028) and LOTUS (Exploring the research needs around quality improvement and assurance in LOng Term care institUtions in São Paulo LOTUS study), another collaborative grant with the University of Nottingham and UNESP. (AU)

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