Ageing Population

Government Housing Plans - Where Does Sheltered Housing Stand?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

If you heard the hype, you could be forgiven for thinking the government's much-anticipated housing policy heralds a new era for downsizing. Much of ...

17 Going On 70: The Workforce Of The Future

Chris Jones | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Chris Jones

It's no lie that people are living longer. There are now five generations in the workforce - and this is going to become the norm. It'd be foolish to think that this won't change the way we hire and train our staff, so it's vital that businesses adapt too. That means understanding the need to hire and train staff differently.

The Next Revolution: Democratising Healthcare

Bhoopathi Rapolu | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Bhoopathi Rapolu

For the lucky, access to healthcare is a given. It is there when we need it, just as any basic human requirement should be. The provision of healthcar...

Quick Fixes Won't Solve The Social Care Crisis

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The challenges created by social care are immense. And they cannot be solved with token gestures. What's needed is a serious settlement, a blueprint that will ensure we have a properly funded and efficient system that will withstand the rapidly changing demands of an ageing population. A robust system that can meet everyone's needs. When Theresa May became leader, she pledged to deliver a country that works not just for the privileged few but for everyone. To follow through on that promise, the government must come up with a plan to resolve the crisis in social care.

All Talk And Maybe Some Action On The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

An extraordinary second Monday in December may have heralded long-awaited government action to tackle the care crisis. With more than a million older people not getting the help they need and cash-strapped local authorities squeezing fees to fragile care businesses, the care system seems close to collapse. Now all eyes are on the government's funding settlement for councils later this week. Will it simply allow councils to raise council tax to fund care or will it offer something more fundamental?

How We Can Make A Community For Our Eldest Citizens

David Slater | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
David Slater

Photo credit: Roswitha Chesher We are all living longer. Last year there were half a million people aged 90 and over living in the UK. Medical scienc...

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

Social Care Is On Brink Of Collapse - The Autumn Statement Should've Fixed That

Barbara Keeley | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

Without extra funding for social care this promises to be a long hard winter for our health and social care systems. The most visible manifestation of the pressures caused by cuts to social care budgets is the rapid growth in delayed transfers of care from hospital. The September figure of over 196,000 delayed days was a record. A record in delayed discharges not in winter, but at the end of summer.

Dimensions Of Change

Ian Spero | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

When we think about an ageing population and our neighbourhoods of the future, there are a couple of perspectives that spring to mind. Let's start with the essence - but one that is too easily forgotten - and that is the end-user him/or herself.

Rethinking My Future

Anna Dixon | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Many people think about these issues too late. For others life events happen and prevent them from saving or contributing to a pension. For many others there simply isn't the money to save when the bills are paid. The Centre for Ageing Better wants more people to feel prepared for later life. We will be exploring how we can contribute to this goal in coming months.

Have We Reached the Age of No Retirement?

Anna Dixon | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Should we give up on retirement? As life expectancy rises and the number of people living into their 80s and 90s increases, at the very least we'll have to rethink it.

The Super-Ageing Future for Europe and Japan

Chris Ball | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Chris Ball

British society, Japanese society - the super ageing workforce will demand common sense liberal measures in both cases. We can learn a lot by considering how other people do things, despite our cultural differences - or maybe because of them.

Employers Must Create Age Friendly Workplaces to Ensure Success

Anna Dixon | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

All employers need to recognise the potential of older workers and create age friendly workplaces if they are to be successful in future.

We Can Be Heroes

Ian Spero | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

This morning I woke to learn of the sad death of Muhammad Ali, one of my childhood heroes. As I sat down to write this blog, rich memories of Ali and ...

Better Understanding of Home Adaptations Can Help Improve Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Dixon

Adaptations to people's homes can have numerous benefits - enabling people to manage activities of daily living, to remain mobile and active, reducing falls, and consequently reducing the costs of health and care.

A Radical Look at Who Pays and Who Gains in Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Anna Dixon

Nearly every announcement from the Chancellor is quickly followed by an analysis of winners and losers. In the analysis that followed the comprehensive spending review 2015, the NHS was seen to be a winner (at least compared to other areas of public spending - many of which saw further swinging cuts to budgets). But who are the winners and losers between the generations?

The Devolution Revolution and Ageing

Anna Dixon | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

In last week's budget, chancellor George Osborne declared that he would continue the 'devolution revolution', with new powers going to Greater Lincoln...

Homes and Neighbourhoods Key to Building Good Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

Last week on leap day I joined Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) for their conference on 'Later Life Matters'. I was on stage with Alison Holt, who s...

Adding Life to Years: Why Living Longer Is Just the Start of a Good Later Life

Anna Dixon | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Dixon

Our own research has shown there is currently a wide variation in how people experience later life. Despite many people having positive experiences, too many people still suffer from ill health or disability, experience poverty or financial insecurity, feel lonely and isolated, or lack meaning and purpose in their lives.

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.

Government in the Dark Over the State of UK Eye Health

Mike Daw | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Politics
Mike Daw

This autumn, a group of cross-party MPs posed questions to the Department of Health, in an attempt to gather information on the current state of the U...

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Mike Daw | Posted 08.10.2016 | UK
Mike Daw

Most of us would consider our sight to be one of the most important senses, and fear the impact that sight loss would have on our independence. But eye health, in comparison with other diseases, is still largely neglected by medical research funding.

Seeing Our Way to a Healthy Future

Mike Daw | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Daw

Research can make a huge difference, 25 years ago a corneal transplant had a 50/50 chance of success - now it has a 90 percent chance. Cataract procedures are now routine, laser eye surgery is nowadays a very safe procedure - but that is only through years of research.

The Country's Eye Health Picture Is Unclear

Jade Etherington | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Jade Etherington

Skiing for my country during the Sochi Paralympic Games was one of the proudest moments of my life, but it is not an opportunity I would have had were it for experiencing one of the most frightening experiences a person can go through - losing your sight...

One Baby in Four Is Born to Migrants and That Is Good for Britain

Mostafa Rajaai | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mostafa Rajaai

Such click-baiting articles no longer come as a surprise, especially from a publication which openly backed Ukip in UK's general election. Given that an EU referendum is on the horizon, we need to make sure we understand all the different aspects of immigration and the effects it has on Britain. So lets unpack what this figure actually means.