We Need to Take Control of Our Health This Winter - Easy Steps to Helping Yourself and the NHS

Rose Gallagher | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

Winter puts enormous pressure on the NHS as common mild infections spread rapidly and demand for healthcare soars.

4 Ways To Help Elderly People Alone At Christmas This Year

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK

One million elderly people across Britain live on their own and 500,000 of them are expected to spend this Christmas Day alone. This year's John Le...

Elderly People Talking About Loneliness Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK

A heartbreaking video has been released of elderly people opening up about their feelings of loneliness. The Channel 4 report met the faces behind the...

89-Year-Old Man Does Stand Up For The First Time, Absolutely Kills It

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Comedy

They say life begins at 50, but this man got his first stand-up comedy opportunity at the age of 89. Chuck Esterly's first routine, mostly comprisi...

Milly and the Decline in Social Care

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

Unless the social care funding position improves the future looks bleak for older people like Milly and hundreds of thousands like her. It also threatens to bring our hospitals to a grinding halt, because every day many older people are in hospital beds when really they are medically fit to go home, owing simply to a shortage of social care.

Action on Loneliness Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Mary Rance | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Mary Rance

What the UK is experiencing is a loneliness epidemic. It is the sheer number of older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation which blights the UK's position as one of the best places in the world to grow old. This isn't going away or getting any better, and it's not something we can shy away from.

Jokes About Dying Pensioners' Benefit Cuts Were 'Crass', Think Tank Chief Admits

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK

A think-tank director has apologised for "crass and offensive" remarks during a discussion over cutting pensioners' benefits at the Conservative Party...

Frailty Care: Home Is Where the Health Is

Chris Spencer | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Chris Spencer

Just a few weeks ago, news broke that Gill Pharaoh - a healthy 75 year old retired nurse - had chosen to end her own life at a Swiss suicide clinic. Whatever your stance on euthanasia or assisted suicide, for me the story raised another very important question. Can our health service truly support an aging population?

Caring for the Dying Has Taught Me the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Ilora Finlay

As a society we are clear that suicide is not something to be encouraged or assisted. Legalising assisted suicide flies in the face of that. It sends the message that, if you are terminally ill, ending your life is something that society endorses and that you might want to consider. Is that really the kind of society we want?

Opening Up Care Homes

Beth Britton | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

We knew nothing about life in care homes before we needed to find one for my dad, and even during my dad's nine years in three different care homes I wouldn't exactly describe them as hubs of community interest.

100-Year-Old Woman Gives Perfect Response When Asked For The Secret To Her Longevity

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Comedy

Most 100-year-olds give similar answers when asked "What's your secret?", suggesting things like olive oil, porridge or yoghurt helped them stay alive...

Every Generation's Responsibility - Meeting the Care Needs of London's Older People

Ivan Massow | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

The generations that came before us endured so much that we may enjoy a London full of freedom, culture and history. We as a City, together, owe it to them to work hard, to constantly find ways to effectively care for each generation as it grows older.

With the Stakes So High in the Battle for Number 10, Securing the Silver Vote Will Be Key for the Winning Party

Patrick Stannah | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

Older people have, by definition, seen many general elections and they want their concerns to be taken seriously. They are a more sophisticated and knowledgeable electorate than they are often given credit for.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Confused.Com Founder Sara Murray On The Gadget Giving Elderly Folk Their Independence

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When she's not flying a helicopter or spending time with her daughter, serial entrepreneur Sara Murray is helping older people maintain their independ...

One Day, We Should Stop Voting

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

We're horrified by any derivation from our democratic process, but with the elderly vote becoming ever more influential to our political system, when will it be time that something is done to save the progressive voice of politics?

Toxic Smog Health Warning For Asthma Sufferers And Elderly

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Britain has been placed on a health alert because a potentially dangerous cloud of air pollution is blowing over the country. Experts said the smog...

Daredevil Granny Celebrates 100th Birthday With Great White Sharks

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Georgina Haywood is a centenarian without fear, it seems, as she has marked her 100th birthday by skydiving and swimming with sharks. She kicked of...

The Answer To The Question 'What Will Your Tattoos Look Like When You're Older?'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Anti-inkers are always saying "Don't you ever think what it will look like when you're old?". Now people with tattoos don't need to worry. Courtesy...

Elderly Care Side-lined One Too Many Times

Ed Fletcher | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Ed Fletcher

Social care services are crucial to ensuring elderly and disabled people can remain independent, allowing them to stay in their homes and out of hospital. At present, pensioners are being forced to stay in hospital simply because there is no space available for them in care homes, or their own homes are unsuitable.

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

Ian Spero | Posted 11.04.2015 | 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.

EU Needs Social Entrepreneurs to Leverage the Silver Economy

Ian Spero | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

A Revolution which aims to inspire businesses - large, medium, small, micro, and entrepreneurs - to join forces, in a united effort to imagine new products and services with potential of disrupting the institutional model of long term care; a model which is currently not fit for purpose

One Million Older People Live in Non-decent Homes

Phil Buckle | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Phil Buckle

These people are some of society's most vulnerable, and yet they are living in homes that are not warm enough, do not contain modern facilities or are in a general state of disrepair. The chances of getting ill or having an accident are huge.

Do You Find The Thought Of Elderly People Having Sex Gross?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

This week the first major study of sexual health in the 'over 70s' found that our elderly counterparts are still very much enjoying an active sex life...

Your Neighbourhood Needs You - Give a Little Community Spirit to Help Our Elders

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

One of the saddest things I read while investigating community spirit was to learn that one million people in the UK may not have spoken to another human being in a month. And, for an estimated five million older people living alone, TV is their closest companion.