Anchor produces research papers on a range of topics that impact the lives of older people.

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Experiences Of Being: The benefit of drama, music and dancing in improving the wellbeing of older people in care homes 
September 2017
The A report about an initiative bringing drama and creativity into the lives of older people in care homes, particularly those with dementia. The Beth Johnson Foundation and Anchor worked together on this project in 2017 and the resulting ‘Experience of Being’ report shows how participation in drama, with music and dance, can benefit older people, with a powerful and positive effect
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The Social Value of Sheltered Housing
February 2017
In February 2017, Demos carried out research to explore and quantify the social value of sheltered housing, as a form of housing for older people distinct from other housing with care or generic retirement housing options. This was to help Anchor, Hanover and Housing and Care 21 consider the implications of the proposals put forward by the Government, that by 2019, the core rent and service charges for a variety of forms of supported housing will be funded through Housing Benefit or Universal Credit up to the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate.
The Work and Pensions Committee and the Communities and Local Government Committee launched a joint inquiry into these proposals in December 2016. This paper provides a review of the existing evidence regarding the impact of sheltered housing, and then draws on this to make some initial estimates as to the cost savings it can achieve in a range of fields.
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The Missing £Billions: The economic cost of failing to adapt our high street to respond to demographic change
November 2016
The Missing £Billions is a report produced by independent think-tank the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK), supported by Anchor. It analyses the financial impact of high streets and shops not being accessible to many older people who often experience difficulty walking. 
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Valuing Retirement Housing: Exploring the economic effects of specialist housing for older people 
August 2016
Independent Think Tank, The Strategic Society Centre, and Anchor have partnered to put a figure on the economic impact of the lack of suitable homes for older people in the UK now and over the next 50 years. The Valuing Retirement Housing report reveals how the lack of suitable retirement housing affects both older and younger generations.
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Silver Chic: The future of retirement housing and care
November 2015
Anchor ventured to envisage what the retirement housing of the future might look like. This report, written by journalist and policy consultant Sonya Sodha, is informed by independent research, results gathered from focus groups of two different demographics as well as a prestigious round table event, attended by a range of care industry experts, thought leaders, architects and designers.
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How iPads can support people with dementia living in care homes
August 2015
The Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester conducted an eight-month study in partnership with Anchor exploring how iPads can support people with dementia living in care homes. The findings reveal that if managed correctly, iPads have significant potential to enhance the quality of life of older people and particularly those living with dementia.
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Unblocking: Securing a health and social care system that protects older people
February 2015
The Unblocking: Securing a health and social care system that protects older people report published by independent think tank Localis and Anchor, explores the failures of the health and social care system, which are resulting in sub-standard care for the older population. The report makes key recommendations to prevent excessive hospital admissions, delayed transfers of care and unnecessary health costs in the future.
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Future Care Workforce report
February 2014
The Future Care Workforce report published by the International Longevity Centre-UK and Anchor reviews the state of the adult social care workforce and how it may have to evolve to meet the challenges it is likely to face over the coming decade. This report finds that the adult social care sector in England will need to add approximately 1 million workers by 2025 and will have diversify in order to deliver a more personalised service to those in need of care and support.
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Right Care, Right Price report
September 2013
The Right Care, Right Price report published by the Strategic Society Centre and Anchor, explores the way in which the price of care is determined and revealed that nearly half (48 per cent) of adults have not given any thought at all as to how they will pay for their own care.  
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