Elderly

The Big Issue - Why People OFF the Streets Are Freezing to Death

Sian Welby | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK
Sian Welby

Ever since I became Channel 5 weather presenter in 2010, I've been aware of this growing problem. In that year, we had one of the coldest winters on record - 'Snowmageddon', the tabloids coined it. But this movie-like scenario had no happy Hollywood ending. Thousands of 'excess' deaths were caused by the extreme conditions five years ago, and the death toll has been rising ever since. So, you're probably thinking, how can this be possible in a first world, affluent country? Surely we're all used to the British weather by now?

Elderly Busker Takes Stormzy Rap To Whole New Level

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK

An elderly man is causing a social media storm after rapping to British grime artist 'Stormzy' in the busy shopping quarter of Carnaby Street, London....

You Won't Be Able To Deal With This Giggling Grandma Playing 'Knock-A-Door Run'

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Comedy

An 82-year-old granny has sparked rapturous laughter after indulging the cheeky little girl inside of her and playing a game of 'knock-a-door run'. ...

Man With Alzheimer's Makes One Simple But Heartbreaking Wish

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A man with Alzheimer's disease has made an emotional plea to the world, expressing his one wish - to be able to laugh and joke with his friends again...

Couple With Dementia Die Three Days Apart After 76 Years Together

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An inseparable elderly couple who met as teenagers have died three days apart after 76 years together. Phyllis and Miles Higgin met in 1933 and wer...

Tory Council Plots £26 Fee For Pensioners Who Fall In Their Homes

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK

Frail and infirm pensioners will be advised to pay a special fee in order to allow a council's care workers to pick them up should they fall down at h...

Loneliness is Not Just for Christmas

Patrick Stannah | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Patrick Stannah

The ONS' conclusion is foreboding, stating that the problem will only get worse given the UK's ageing population. The term 'chronically lonely' is now regularly being used to describe the condition. What can be done? It is an issue very close to my heart and I believe that we can all play a part in tackling loneliness.

Sarah Ann Harris

This Is An Utterly Ingenious Way Of Solving The Problem Of Elderly Loneliness

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 06.12.2015 | UK

"I haven’t got anybody of my age now left, the last one’s gone. “You never think of what it’s like to be old do you? When you’re...

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...