Age UK

British Pensioners: Please Keep Heckling

Ellie Slee | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ellie Slee

When I saw David Cameron heckled by pensioners at the Age UK conference, my heart swelled. Watching him say that his government had given people 'dignity and security in old age' was the biggest load of shit I've seen in some time, and my cat had diarrhoea last week.

Leading Brands Set Their Sights on Older Adults, So Should You

Ian Spero | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Ian Spero

Employing more mature celebrities to endorse products in a world saturated with pouting teens and seductive twenty-somethings, is evidence of a growing trend of brands readdressing an affluent market which is feeling misunderstood.

Jack Sommers

Loneliness, Self-Harm And Internet Dating: The Darker Side Of Christmas | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK

When 85-year-old Barbara Flynn was at her lowest ebb, she carried a portable phone and would check her voicemail just to hear the "human voice" told h...

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

Urgent Health Needs in Gaza

Nader Karem Alfarra | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Nader Karem Alfarra

This conflict is so difficult for older people. I am trying to keep daily contact with all the older people we have been working with... Older people have lived through so much in Gaza and we want to do whatever we can to support them and to improve their lives.

Charity Entrepreneurs - Do They Exist?

Michelle Wright | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
Michelle Wright

In a changing economic context, most charities are being asked to be more entrepreneurial, but I'm coming across more and more CEOs that are tired of hearing the term and Chairs of Trustees that don't seem to know where to start. So what does 'entrepreneurial' really mean in the charity sector?

Why Modern Living Might Be Making Us Deaf

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle

The Medical Research Council, reports the BBC, are launching a massive participation survey to find out if modern living is making us deaf. At pre...

WATCH: How Old Are Your Ears?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Finding yourself in need of an ear trumpet? This fascinating video from Asap SCIENCE tests the frequencies at which you can hear, and then reveals the...

From Dull Existence to a Life Worth Living - How Technology Can Transform Old People's Lives

Hannah Gal | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Tech
Hannah Gal

Countess immobile elderly people miss going to church, shops, the supermarket and the library. Eighty six year old Margaret tells me how her deteriorating eye sight meant she had to give up driving and 'my freedom' several years ago, 'I still haven't come to terms with it' she adds. 

Third Of Grandparents Are Lonely, Age UK Survey Reveals

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Nearly a third of grandparents only see their grandchildren once a month - or even less frequently - according to a survey released today. The stud...

Our Ageing Population is Something That we Should Celebrate

Hannah Gal | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Joe, 91, lost his wife 10 years ago and his only son died of Cancer. "I think about them all the time" the charmingly humble man tells me, "its just that Christmas brings back memories of family Christmases when my boy was little.. it is one time of year I don't look forward to.."

Making the Digital World Accessible to Everyone

Dominic Tarn | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Tech
Dominic Tarn

Despite the internet being a universal means of communication, and visual impairment and dyslexia affecting hundreds of millions worldwide, this subject only receives sporadic attention in the media. In the UK alone there are six million affected by dyslexia.

Long Life Is Not A Blessing, It's A Curse

Hannah Gal | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

'What on earth is the point of my life?' Molly (not her real name) asks me. The frail, weary to her bone 92 year old looks at me as her shaky hands struggle to adjust a stubbornly troublesome hearing aid. 

Middle Age Begins At 55

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Middle age starts much later than originally thought, a study has claimed. According to the research, the average perception of when middle age sta...

Empty Promise Or Care Revolution? Elderly Care Gets £200m Boost

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.07.2012 | UK

A £200 million boost for the building of more adapted homes for the elderly and disabled will form part of a major shake-up of the care sector, the G...

Deceptively Dangerous Behaviour Of Self-Confessed 'Everyday Psychopath'

PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK

He was once a civil servant, a husband and a caring son, described by others as well-educated, articulate and sociable. He became one of Britain's mos...

'Psychopath' Found Guilty Of Bludgeoning Pensioner To Death

PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK

A self-confessed "psychopath" has been found guilty of bludgeoning a pensioner to death with a hammer and has been sentenced to a minimum term of 35 y...

OAPs: Your Turn Next to be Labelled 'Benefit Scroungers'

Hayley Meachin | Posted 29.08.2012 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

As much as we like to the sneer at the comic-like quality of The Sun newspaper, as many a Prime Minister has discovered, its status as the highest circulation daily newspaper in the UK means that you ignore its influence at your peril.


Helen Gaskell | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Gaskell

Hollywood and television commercials present countless images of old age as a time when contented, silver-haired individuals kick back after a life of work and raising families. The reality, however, is often very different and why, in truth, many people are a little scared of growing old.

Met Office Issues Cold Weather Alert Sparking Fears For Elderly And Ill

PA | Posted 02.02.2012 | UK

The Met Office has raised fears for the elderly and ill by issuing a serious England-wide weather alert as the nation shivers in freezing conditions. ...

More People Suffering From Terminal Illnesses Are Choosing To Die 'In Their Own Homes'

PA | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK

More than a fifth of people are now choosing to die in their own homes instead of hospitals, and the overall trend for deaths at home is rising, resea...

How Your Mind Ages Is Largely Within Your Control, Says Study

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The way in which a person’s mind ages, is largely down to lifestyle factors, not genetics, a study has shown. Researchers found genetic factors o...

Spread the Warmth to Older People This Christmas

Heléna Herklots | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK
Heléna Herklots

No one should be forced to spend Christmas Day alone and I urge you to take a bit of time out from all the parties, gift wrapping and festivities to spread Christmas cheer to an older person you know this festive season.

Why It's Healthy To Be 100

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Those who live to 100 years and beyond are healthier and less likely to die of cancer than younger pensioners, new research suggests. A study of ce...