Elderly

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 01.04.2015 | 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 20.03.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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.

No Amount of Healthy Eating and Exercise Replaces the Need for Proper Social Care

Patrick Stannah | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Patrick Stannah

As the light dawns on a new year, so the great general election battle commences. Party leaders are out on the road, sparring over health, education and the deficit to lure undecided votes across the four corners of the UK.

Join a Revolution in Long-Term Care Worth £5 Million for SMEs

Ian Spero | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Ian Spero

Later this month Innovate UK, a public funded agency providing support for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-growth potential, will light the touch paper for a revolution, a revolution which aims to radically rethink current models of long term care and dependency.

Senior Entrepreneurs Are the Ones to Watch

Doug Richard | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Tech
Doug Richard

What is it about the senior entrepreneur that is so oxymoronic? Surely an older person is the most likely candidate to invent bifocals. I doubt that many 20-somethings (today as much as in the 18th century) have ever stopped to consider the greatness of a lens with two distinct optical powers.

Seeing My Grandpa Was the Hardest Part About Coming Home

Ashleigh Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashleigh Davis

I notice a difference in him immediately. His blue eyes are less focused, and he looks confused when he first sees me. As if he's thinking "I know that girl, but I just can't place her". His soft, wrinkled hands are shaky when he grasps mine in his, as I help him up from his chair. His smile is wide, but uncertain.

What Happens When the Young Men Prone to Suicide Become the Elderly Men Living a Lonely Life on Their Own?

Clare Finney | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

Lonely. The word hit me like a dull blow down the phone line. For a man of his years to admit to loneliness to someone he had not met and hardly spoken to before seemed beyond belief. I know elderly men: my grandfathers and their peers don't 'do' emotion, and would balk at sharing them - even with their nearest and dearest, let alone a stranger.

Face-to-Face Contact - The Most Basic Human Right?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Lyttleton

Age UK are compiling a report to show how human rights principles, such as dignity, fairness, equality and respect, can make a big difference to older people's lives.

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

This Video Of Two Kids Lip Syncing A Conversation Between An Elderly Couple Is Just Adorable

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Check out Bored Shorts TV's 'Senior Snippets', in which they record the audio of a conversation between two elderly people - and then get two children...

Who Pays for Care? And Who Supports Family Carers?

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Burke

This week's report published by the Alzheimer's Society has highlighted the growing number of people living with dementia and the impact of dementia on their lives and the lives of their families.

Never Stop Learning

Beth Britton | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

Eighty percent of the older people living in one of the featured care homes go out to do activities on a daily basis, and children come into the care home from the local school to do intergenerational work.

Is Old Age the Final Taboo? Why We're a Nation With Our Heads in the Sand

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

All too often people put care and retirement living in the 'too difficult' box and just don't think about it until they really have to. The misperception is that it's a care home or nothing. And what that can mean is people end up at crisis point, with no idea of the options open to them, and make a rushed decision under pressure.

Please Don't Tell Me I'm 'Lucky' My Parents Are Already Dead

Emma Clarke | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Clarke

Although it seems a lifetime ago, it feels like yesterday. Time doesn't heal; it just makes grief go out of focus. And anything can bring it sharply back again: a photograph, a scent, a memory or just the endless yearning pall of homesickness so familiar to people who've lost their parents too early.

A Pole Position Not to be Proud Of

Patrick Stannah | Posted 24.09.2014 | 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.