Elderly

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...

UK On The Brink Of Crisis Over Caring For The Elderly, Government Warned

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK

The country is on the brink of a “social care crisis” if funding for the care of the elderly is not improved, the government has been warned. Mo...

Our Nation's Older People Are Being Abused. Here's What You Can Do To Stop It

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

There's a minority in this country that is often targeted by criminals simply because of who they are. They are targeted by scammers who seek to swi...

It's A Dog's Death - Why Can't It Also Be A Human's?

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Marshall

Brexit continues to dominate the news with a host of unanswered questions. Will it really be triggered by the end of March? Will it happen sooner than that, thanks to a snap early general election? Will it now not occur at all, thereby returning everything to how it was before?

Are The Generations Really Worlds Apart?

Claire Turner | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Claire Turner

Above all else, encouraging everyday interactions between different generations is critical. This is what most of us grandparents, parents, uncles and aunties, son and daughters and grandchildren have been doing for years without giving it a second thought.

Five Ways To Balance Caring Responsibilities With Work

Sara McKee | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McKee

But sometimes you just can't do it all. No matter how hard you try. It can leave you feeling stressed, anxious and over stretched. It's important to find time to care for yourself while caring for others.

Care Workers Claim They Are Paid Less Than Half The Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK

A union is taking a legal case on behalf of home care workers, saying they are paid less than half the minimum wage. Seventeen home care workers e...

Rethinking My Future

Anna Dixon | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Many people think about these issues too late. For others life events happen and prevent them from saving or contributing to a pension. For many others there simply isn't the money to save when the bills are paid. The Centre for Ageing Better wants more people to feel prepared for later life. We will be exploring how we can contribute to this goal in coming months.

This Is A Different Kind Of Ballet Class

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A grandmother and ex-professional dancer who gave up ballet for decades has started up classes for a new generation - over 60. Claire Tracey, 54, was ...