Elderly

A Pole Position Not to be Proud Of

Patrick Stannah | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

When people are packed together into blocks of flats, enduring a constant hubbub of noise and traffic, cities are notoriously unfriendly. So discovering that London's pensioners experience the greatest feeling of loneliness - at 75% of all we spoke to - is probably to be expected.

Rocking on Heaven's Door

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Jamie Stangroom

What is it about rock stars that won't make them quit while they're ahead? ... I mean, just think of some of the more hedonistic behaviour - eating bats (Ozzy Osbourne), the shark episode (Led Zepellin), urinating on the Alamo (Osbourne again) - if any of them behaved like that in a nursing home then they'd be dosed up and diagnosed with senile dementia.

London Less Integrated Than the Rest of the Country, Report Finds

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK
Eric Kaufmann

Exactly why the middle bands of the class structure, which contains around half the population, contain less ethnic interaction is unclear. One explanation mooted by social theorists is that this group has less of an achieved status than the professional class, and therefore invests more strongly in its ethnic identity...

Woman's Decomposed Body Found After Six Years

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

The badly decomposed body of a woman has been found six years after she died, after a bailiff, estate agent and two locksmiths broke into the ground f...

When Talking About Lonely Older People, Why Have Their Views Not Been Considered?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

In short Policy Exchange's proposed answer to loneliness does not tally with the experience of frontline services like Contact the Elderly, who provide older people with face to face contact. Instead we need a solution-driven approach to tackling the problem at hand.

Tea and Empathy - A Simple and Effective Way to Alleviate the Loneliness of More Than a Million Older People

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Lyttleton

The Health Secretary has declared a national emergency and we offer a tried and tested solution with your help, as volunteers - monthly drivers and annual hosts or as sponsors of our Golden Jubilee Appeal - so we can extend our hand of friendship to many more of the neglected million older people.

Sacked Worker Arrested For Slapping Elderly Resident

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK

Essex police have arrested and bailed a woman who was caught on camera slapping an elderly resident at a care home in Essex. The television documen...

Protecting Our Ageing Loved Ones

Beth Britton | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Whilst offering people who genuinely have dementia a timely diagnosis is important, the idea of trying to fit square pegs into round holes just because our disjoined health and social care system cannot provide for an ageing population is wholly unacceptable.

Syria's 'Hidden Casualties'

Toby Porter | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

The Syrian crisis is ubiquitous: UNHCR announced on 3rd April that the conflict had generated its millionth refugee in Lebanon alone, and confirms the movement of 2.5m Syrians outside their country as the largest since the Rwandan genocide twenty years ago this week.

Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.

Budget Rewards the Hard-Working - But What About Those in Retirement?

Patrick Stannah | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

This month's Budget brought welcome reward for Britain's "workers and savers". Toil, self-reliance and thrift have been buzzwords of this Government, and its measures to bring Britain out of economic woe. The mantra has been "reward the worthy" with the subtext: "nothing comes for free."

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Nick Vs Nigel

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 26 March 2014... 1) NICK VS NIGEL Tonight, 7pm, live, it's Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage on...

The Death of Multiculturalism?

Iram Sarwar | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Multiculturalism is dead in the UK. Or, that seems to be the message delivered by some of the highest figures in British politics...

UK Sees Soaring Numbers Of Really Really Old People

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

The UK is facing a rising number of really, really elderly people. Those living over the age of 100 has reached a record high, figures show. Inc...

New Gadgets for Seniors Emerge From 2014 Mobile World Congress

Jeh Kazimi | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jeh Kazimi

It's good that headway is being made in the field of gadgets for older people, but there is still a good deal of work and research to be done in order to get the very best for those who need it - and ensure silver gadget offerings aren't low-tech or patronising.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the Battle Against Loneliness - Focusing on a Solution

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Reading and hearing reports in the media each day, it is impossible to deny that there is increased awareness of the issue of loneliness and isolation in older people in the UK. Since I founded the charity 49 years ago, Contact the Elderly has been actively involved in combating loneliness, providing over a million face-to-face friendship links via our monthly tea parties

Energy Costs, Free Market Vs Nationalised

Clive Norman | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK
Clive Norman

Water, a warm home, lighting. These are essentials to our way of life. Being told in times of cold that our elderly should put another layer of clothing on is positively Stone Age and more to the point obscene.

Time for a Positive Revolution in Older People's Lives

Sara McKee | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

Nearly a day doesn't go by when there's a headline in the UK about government cuts impacting older people, residential homes shutting down or elder abuse. It's fair to say that everyone knows the system is broken yet not a lot of progress is being made to fix it.

Impact Investing - Leading By Example

Joe Ludlow | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

It's now five years since the financial crisis, and still the old financial service providers are letting us down, even the alleged ethical ones.

Hillcroft Nursing Home Residents With Dementia Were Mistreated For Sport

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

"Weak" and "inadequate" management led to the "gratuitous sport" of mistreatment of elderly dementia sufferers at a nursing home, a judge said on Frid...

Philippines - The Spirit of Renewal

Toby Porter | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

It has been a tremendous experience - haunting and inspiring in equal measure. We are at the one-mile mark of a long and challenging marathon which we must plan and implement well, while also being accountable and creative.

Capturing the True Magic of Christmas: How I Rediscovered My Love of the Festive Season

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

So what happened to release me from the confines of my decidedly Scrooge-like slump? A trip to the doctors believe it or not. Somewhere in the stench of other people's bugs, a delay of nearly an hour on my allotted appointment time and some delightful piped Christmas tunes a change occurred.

Spread a Little Warmth This Christmas

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Lesley-Anne Alexander

It is very easy to get caught up in the whirl of Christmas parties, presents and social plans or to feel resentful of the expense and the family obligations. But for many people, winter can be a lonely season and Christmas is especially hard.

Cohabitation and Britain's 'Older Old'

Claire Reid | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Claire Reid

We have seen a number of cases featuring men and women in their seventies, eighties and even older, although that shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that they are remarkably frequent. However, my colleagues and I certainly have to handle more now than we ever have done.

Exercise When You're Older Protects You Three Times More From Disease

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Elderly people who take up exercise in later life are three times more likely to stay healthy than their inactive peers, new research suggests. Pen...