Transitions in Later Life: Research and Evaluation
As this is a relatively new area for social research, we have sought to express some of the findings from our work and from others on this page
Seven pilot programmes testing group-based psychological interventions make up the backbone of this strand of work. These pilots wrapped up in 2016 and were evaluated in mid 2017 by independent consultancy Brightpurpose. The evaluation has shown promising results so far, with six key elements identified.
We undertook a substantive amount of research to prepare for this programme. Firstly, we commissioned Guy Robertson from Positive Ageing to write a literature review. It examined which later life transitions are most important and what criteria should be used to decide this. He also mapped the the current responses available to people experiencing transitions in later life and how effective these are.
Then we asked BP Research Consultancy to create a blog which would identify ways of supporting people through later life transitions. The blog focused on initiatives which prepared people for retirement and beyond, as well as support for emotional and psychological wellbeing in later life transitions.
Finally BP Research Consultancy wrote a report summarising the findings of the blog. This research and consultation document focused on the context, discussion and interventions about retirement and emotional and psychological support.
In seeking to increase our understanding of how to support people with transitions in later life, we thought it important to learn from people’s experiences of other transitions across the life course. That’s why in 2017 we commissioned a report to identify lessons we could learn from other life transitions and assess what models have worked in terms of building resilience and wellbeing.
Research from other organisations in the field
- The Centre For Ageing Better published a key study which looked at the barriers and enablers to a good later life. Read it here
- The Beth Johnson Foundation and Ageing Without Children published a report titled Our Voices: The Experiences of People Ageing Without Children.