Ageing Population

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 29.03.2016 | 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 10.03.2016 | 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 23.02.2016 | 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 26.01.2016 | 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 30.11.2015 | 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 12.10.2015 | 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 24.09.2015 | 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 22.09.2015 | 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 17.07.2015 | 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.

The "Grey Vote" Could Swing the Election, but Where Is the Minister for Older People?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

We are desperately in need of someone in Government whose remit specifically considers the needs of an under-represented ageing population.

Signs of the Times

Dan Corry | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

Our mission here at NPC is to try and increase the impact that the not-for-profit sector achieves. And one of the most important things we have done i...

Age of No Retirement Is Over-Stated: Most of Us Would Rather Spend Time With Family

Wendy Loretto | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Loretto

Having been in work for the majority of their lives, most people valued free-time over work if they had the option in older age. Perhaps unsurprising I admit, but what is interesting is how views on retirement differ between men and women.

Bricks and Mortar - the Key to Transforming Health and Social Care?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

Housing with care options need to be diverse enough to cater for a range of different housing and lifestyle preferences, as well as care needs, so that when a person has an assessment of their support needs, they have a real and valid spectrum of choice about where they might live to have these needs met.

Stop Vested Interests Sabotaging Older Age Innovation, Bring on the Fire Starters

Sara McKee | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Sara McKee

Perhaps historically divorce did lead to a greater reliance on institutional care but why should it be that way in the future? In fact, rather than assuming an outcome, shouldn't the report's authors have investigated the other options available and how we can prevent older people from entering formal care?

What Do You Know About Hospice Care?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

The reality is that hospice care is delivered in a surprising range of settings, including in people's homes. In fact 90% of hospice care is delivered away from a hospice building. Hospice teams are also involved in educating staff working in other settings such as care homes and hospitals.

Time to Meet the Challenges of Our Ageing Society

Paul Burstow | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

We are living through one of the biggest changes in human history, not just in Britain, globally too: we are living longer.

Fairer Funding For Hospices Would Benefit Patients And The NHS

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

These are tough economic times for statutory funding of healthcare. It would be unrealistic to expect NHS funding for hospice care, which has on average made up a third of funding (32 per cent) for adult hospices and 17 per cent for children's services, to be exempt from this.

Do it for Denmark: New Advert Encourages Danes To Have More Sex

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Population increase in Denmark has been described as "dangerously low" but that might be about to change - a travel company have created an advert tha...

The Challenge of Getting Older People in Developing Countries Seen, Heard and Helped

Toby Porter | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

But what about the hundreds of millions of older people in countries without this social security architecture, and where little or no such services exist? By 2050, 80% of the world's population over 60 will be living in developing countries. What sort of older age can they look forward to?

Are You Concerned About the Availability of Hospice Care in the Future?

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Ellis

Does the need for hospice care seem a distant reality to you? Or is it something you have thought about and which you or your loved ones might need one day?

New Commission to Put Ageing on the Agenda of the Voluntary Sector

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

The Commission will draw together existing research, engage and consult the sector through a series of events, and work with voluntary organisations to develop answers as to how the sector can lead the way in adapting to an ageing population.

How Older People Will Change the World

Dr Malcolm Fisk | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Malcolm Fisk

Older people are going to be the most influential force of change in our society for many years to come. Similar to the rise and impact of youth culture in the 1950s and 60s, the changing demographics of the UK will transform the places where we work and live.

All Charities Must Prepare for Ageing

Dan Corry | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Dan Corry

Our aim is to give the sector a gentle kick up the pants. We all know the population will look different in 20 years time and we need to start thinking what that means for charities and their funders now.