Elderly

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

Ian Spero | Posted 20.11.2014 | 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 19.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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.

Rocking on Heaven's Door

Jamie Stangroom | Posted 24.09.2014 | 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 01.09.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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...