Elderly

Insidious Isolation

Genevieve Seri | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Seri

A woman in her early forties drank her coffee at a small table, fidgeted, twiddled her hair compulsively, and looked noticeably agitated. Every now and then she would press a single button on her phone so that the screen would light up and tell her something, or nothing.

Girlguides Are Helping To Tackle Loneliness Among Older People In The Best Way

PA | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Girlguides in Manchester have launched a UK first with a new badge to tackle loneliness in old people. Youngsters have been visiting homes for the eld...

Start At Home To Protect Our Ageing Population's Future

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We are awaiting an update from Government on its proposals, including its formal response to the joint select committee inquiry. We're keen to work with colleagues across the sector and in government to develop a workable solution that achieves the government's objectives while safeguarding vulnerable older people.

Recovering From The Dementia Tax

Anna Dixon | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK
Anna Dixon

The Queen's Speech last month confirmed that social care reform is not dead, thankfully, despite the election debacle over the so-called dementia tax....

100-Year-Old Woman Says Drinking Decent Wine Is The Key To A Long Life

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A 100-year-old woman has celebrated her birthday by revealing her secret to a long life. According to Florence Bearse, from Bangor, Maine, indulging i...

The Social Care Crisis Is A Dementia Crisis

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

With such a huge proportion of people with dementia dependent on social care, we urgently need a solution to ensure that everyone gets the right support when they need it. Currently, many people with dementia feel deserted by the state, and must rely on family members and carers for the support they need.

How VR Can Help The Elderly

Jess Melia | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Jess Melia

With advances in technology probably the most likely to turn my head, I'm interested in the latter of these initiatives and having recently read a lot about how virtual reality, how this could be a huge step forward for the aging population. So in what ways could VR actually help the older people in the UK and across the world?

LGBT And Elderly? Welcome To The Forgotten Community

Steve Wardlaw | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Steve Wardlaw

The financial services sector is remarkably unattractive to many in the LGBT community. One result of this is people who are LGBT don't make suitable ...

The Rise Of The Silver Surfer: How Technology Is Enriching The Lives Of The Aging Population

Fran Whittaker-Wood | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech
Fran Whittaker-Wood

There is an assumption amongst younger generations that the senior members of our society have no interest in technology. Labelled rather patronizingly as a generation of 'digital dinosaurs', there are often exaggerated claims of an ever-increasing 'digital divide' between the old and young.

Putting Our Families Before Elderly Drivers

Sophia Walker | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK
Sophia Walker

This important issue has been brought to the public eye by fellow blogger @lifeasawidower. At just 33 years old he lost his wife, and his son lost his mother, when an 85-year-old pension mowed her down by accident. According to blogger Ben, the OAP had mistaken the accelerator for the brake.

Is Social Media Socially Isolating?

Sophie Andrews | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sophie Andrews

Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr and even old-school Facebook have become the social life-blood of the so-called 'digitally native' generation - with new channels constantly springing up. For millions, communication by social media puts them instantly in touch with a network of people they call friends online.

Why Older People Need The NHS's Forthcoming Delivery Plan To Succeed

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Abrahams

Flicking through the TV listings last weekend I noticed 'Carry on Matron' was on - again. Have you noticed how in British films from the 1960s and 197...

Cutting Through 'Clean' Eating - How Cooking With Love And Lateral Thinking Can Write Your Recipes

Joseph Gann | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Joseph Gann

A brief began to write itself...to sneak nutritionally beneficial ingredients into something bracingly cold and luxuriously smooth - to create trojan horse ice creams, if you will. I set to work.

Spring Budget 2017: Short-Term Relief For The Social Care Sector

Richard Kramer | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

We hope that the government will use this period of review and reform to safeguard vital services for disabled people, and recognise that good quality social care is a vital lifeline to well over one million disabled and older people across the country. The Spring Budget certainly gave us some breathing space. Now we and the government must seize the opportunity to reform social care and truly make it fit for the future.

A Spotlight On The Abuse Of Older Women

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

Today (March 8th) is International Women's Day, which celebrates the achievements of women and the significant challenges they still face all over the...

It's Now Or Never For Social Care

Richard Kramer | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Kramer

Social care is on the edge of a financial cliff, with years of cuts and under investment impacting on the stability of the sector and calling its long-term sustainability into question.

Government Must Address Care Home Funding Crisis

Davina Ludlow | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Politics
Davina Ludlow

For the first time ever, 2017 is set to see more elderly people requiring care and support, than there are families to provide it. This is topped by an ageing population and a rapidly rising life expectancy, placing greater demands on care services across the country.

Falling In Love With Mum - Dementia and Dying

Lisa Ives | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

My mother died nearly six years ago, I haven't been able to write about it until now.

Welcome To Instagran!

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Author's own Picture this, older people having the time of their lives taking photos of each other and posting them on social media. They say it's ...

Elder Abuse - A Forgotten Human Rights Issue?

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

In the UK, human rights are often seen as an international issue - one enacted in dusty prisons in foreign lands - rather than one that affects us closer to home. However, it can be argued that older people in the UK are one significant part of the population that routinely has its human rights denied...

12 Checks To Make Sure Your Elderly Relative Is Well This Christmas

Louise Rogerson | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Rogerson

Make it your New Year's Resolution to take a little time each visit to notice the early, subtle signs that your elderly relative may be becoming more frail or ill and act on these quickly to prevent them losing their independence.

No One Should Face Christmas Alone: Why We Parents Need To Show Elderly People We Care

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Parents
Nicola J Rowley

giving back.jpg As parents, we owe it to our children to show elderly people that we care. One day, we too will be old and who knows if we will be lucky enough to still have family and friends around us? We will be extremely lucky if we do.

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...

Social Care For The Elderly: Time To Stop Fiddling

Malcolm Prowle | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Malcolm Prowle

Recent media stories have focussed on the considerable difficulties that local authorities are having in providing social care for the elderly at a ti...

Standing Up 4 Sitting Down: Beating Ageism On The High Street

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

By 2039 more than 1 in 12 people will be 80 or over. This is a considerable segment of the population - yet markets, high streets and commodities in t...