Research and the Wheel of Life

The Wheel of Life

 

We use the wheel of life to categorise areas of our lives for the purpose of Life coaching. Each segment of the wheel represents a different area of our relationship with life. Our approach is holistic since successfully addressing a particular problem area of your life will have a significant positive impact on your life as a whole. These, segments as seen above can be added to and will be used for mapping the personal experiences shared in our digital story library. The diagram above is just a starting point.

Our research has revealed two areas of particular concern to us and we are eager to receive your stories from these subjects areas;

1.Health fitness and Well-being

Within the Health fitness and well being segment here are a few issues that we have particular interest in;

Drug & Alcoholism

In London, it is estimated that 2.4 million people drink alcohol at harmful and hazardous levels and that a further 280,000 are dependent on alcohol in order to function in daily life…what is the situation in your city?

Excess alcohol consumption can lead to liver disease and certain types of cancer. Analysis of Government data by the British Liver Trust noted that there was a 35% increase in the under 35s dying from alcohol liver disease between 2004 and 2008 and that liver disease was the only major disease in Britain to show a year on year increase since 19701. In 2011 there were around 1 million alcohol related hospital admissions costing the NHS in England approximately £2.7 billion.

In the UK consumption was recorded in 2004 as 9.4 litres pure alcohol per capita per year; in 2011 the recorded per capita consumption was around 11.7 litres per year. An estimated 400,000 Londoners drink 50 units of alcohol or more per week, which is over twice the recommended levels. Health guidelines suggest a maximum of 3-4 units of alcohol a day for men and 2-3 units a day for women, with 1 to 2 alchohol free days per week.

Dementia

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. The figures were released ahead of the G8 dementia summit in London at the end of last year. In the UK, dementia research receives one eighth of the amount of funding that is spent on cancer, which charities say is insufficient. Alzheimer’s Disease International expects increasing life expectancies to drive a surge in cases in poor and middle-income countries, particularly in South East Asia and Africa. Currently 38% of cases are in rich countries. But that balance is predicted shift significantly by 2050, with 71% of patients being in poor and middle-income countries.

Demographic change means the UK (and the rest of the world) is facing an unprecedented level of need for long term care.  The UK Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) projects that the number of people aged 65 years and over in the UK will grow from 9.3 million in 2000 to 16.8 million in 2051 – an increase of 81%. The number of people aged 85 years and over is projected to grow from 1.1 million to 4 million – an increase of 225%.

By 2030 it estimates that there will be 2 million adults over the age of 65 in the UK without adult children to look after them; 230,000 will need more than 20 hours’ care a week and have no informal support to call on. Public long-term care costs are also expected to double or even triple by 2050 in Europe, United States and Japan (source: Frost and Sullivan Report).

Ageing

Over the next 20 years all Industrialised and developing countries will experience a demographic shift from predominantly younger populations to older ones. As a result, current care models are unsustainable and inadequate in terms of efficiency and effectiveness. Change is a necessity and innovative approaches are needed to improve quality of life and provide better health and social care for people as they age, as well as those with long term conditions (LTCs).

In the UK, the number of people aged 65+ will rise from 10.1m to 16.7m over the next 25 years. Estimates state that public spending on social care will need to triple over the next 20 years to keep pace with ageing, and there are concerns that the UK’s public services are not well-placed to cope.

To compound these moving demographics there is a problem of loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly cared for. In addition there is a rising issue of abuse by carers http://gu.com/p/4bc8b/sbl which together add up to a deficit of love, empathy and leadership.

Why the problem is so important

To keep pace with demand, over the next 50 years residential and nursing home places will need to increase by around 150% and the number of hours of home care by around 140%.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services warns that “in the context of providers selling up, staff turnover, quality, wages, and the need for a million more care workers in the future, maintaining a caring, compassionate and trained workforce in a sustainable provider market is now a key concern”.

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2. Community 

In the community segment, we have a particular focus on young people, the future of our race.

Young people

Many aspects of today’s society can be bad news for the mental health of children and young people in the UK. As they grow and develop, children have to navigate a complex and ever changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their lives.

  • Family breakdown is widespread.
  • There is so much pressure to have access to money, the perfect body and lifestyle.
  • Materialist culture heavily influences young people
  • 24 hour social networking and what young people can access from a young age can have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Body image is a source of much distress for many young people.
  • Bullying on and offline is rife.
  • Increasing sexual pressures and early sexualisation throw young people into an adult world they don’t understand
  • Violence is rife in many communities and fear of crime a constant source of distress for thousands of young people.
  • Schools are getting more and more like exam factories; university entry has become more competitive and expensive.
  • 13% of 16-24 year olds are not in employment, education or training (NEET)

Children in the youth justice system are predominantly drawn from the poorest and most disadvantaged families and communities and have multiple problems:

  • 60% have significant speech, language or communication difficulties
  • around a quarter have a learning disability
  • one third of young people in custody have a mental health disorder 3 times higher than the general population
  • many have a history of abuse or bereavement
  • around a half of young people in custody have been in local authority care at some point in their lives and a fifth are still subject to care orders