Getting Older

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...

I'm Getting Older. And It's OK.

Nicki Kinickie | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nicki Kinickie

Having turned 32 recently, I suddenly feel like time is flashing by. My 30th birthday celebrations don't feel as though they were already two years ago and I nearly dropped my cuppa when I realised the other month that I started secondary school 20 years ago this year.

How To Stay Young

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Western society is obsessed with finding the elixir of youth. Plastic surgery, Botox, all reek of insecurity. If one doesn't actually like oneself and value the process of aging, it is easy to fall prey to the promise of eternal plasticised youth.

We Can Be Heroes

Ian Spero | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

This morning I woke to learn of the sad death of Muhammad Ali, one of my childhood heroes. As I sat down to write this blog, rich memories of Ali and ...

Road Rage, Snoozing and Turning Down the Telly - Getting Old Sucks

David Mooney | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Comedy
David Mooney

I used to be able to do simple things like get out of bed in a morning. Previously, the alarm would sound and I'd wake up, turn it off, get showered and leave the house. That's a skill that's deserted me; either I need to snooze six times to be able to face the day or my body hurts for no reason whatsoever.

You Realise You're Getting Old When You Find Yourself Knocking Back Rennie at a Gig

Alfie Evers | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

I take another glance at the unwarranted queue at the bar and breathe a heavy sigh at the thought of queuing twenty minutes for a bog standard lager served in a plastic cup. And then, it happens. I reach into my pocket and remove the packet of fruit flavoured ant-acid tablets.

50 Signs You Have Become a Grown-up

Yvette Lamb | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Yvette Lamb

1. You spend an entire Bank Holiday weekend sober 2. A Big Night is watching a film in one sitting 3. You know all of the lyrics to the Tweenies, bu...

Thinking About Thirty

Deirdre Collins | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

As I turn thirty, to the world I am a qualified adult. The final curtain is closing on my 20's, a decade where I was fully for the first time immersed into the big bad world. Thirty may be just a number but it's a good time to take stock and reflect upon the last decade.

Birthdays: A Time to Reflect

Jared Joffe | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jared Joffe

Getting older can present us with a number of challenges, but aging comes with rewards too. Unlike the body, the mind (while it's still sound) is capable of taking on more from age thirty and beyond. In fact, its depth increases as we continue to feed it and experience more from life.

Dementia or Are We There Yet?

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Aging is about saying goodbye and a reminder of the ephemeral nature of life. Botox and plastic surgery are the favoured companions of many these days but they appeal to our fear of life and by inference, death. It is a sad indictment of our society that we do not value older people or the process of aging.

The Moment You Realise You're the Oldest Person at the Gig

Amy Baker | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Baker

It was then I realised why being double the average age in that venue was such a shock to the system. The disdain I felt was merely a thinly veiled disguise for my jealousy. I was just envious that I haven't got the energy to get that excited on a Wednesday night.

Memories of Us Not Enough? What Legacy Can the Single or Childless Leave?

Paula Coston | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, the eldest of four siblings, but have no partner and no children. A sense of inadequacy grows: what can I leave my nephews and nieces, and their children? I don't mean memories; I mean, what that is tangible and lasting, that I can equitably share among them? It's like feeling a phantom limb, a shadowy disconnect with future generations that I so ache to put right.

Do the Oldies Love the Goldies?

Paul Marshall | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Having spent a large proportion of my working life in advertising, I now do all I can to avoid the commercials.

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.

Who Cares About the Care Crisis? Entrepreneurs, Techies and Impact Investors Do

Joe Ludlow | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

So, what now? The bottom line is we need innovation in the way we deliver social care for older people that can tackle the increasing demand while being cost effective.

How to Survive Turning 50 - the President Francois Hollande Method

Mr Pickwick | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mr Pickwick

Catching sight of myself in mirrors, shop windows and spoons to prepare for this new age, I have become a stooping figure, with enormous cheeks (depending on which side of the spoon you look at) and a thoughtful demeanour hiding the weight of the World on my shoulders lightened by a tendency to laugh at fart gags.

How Older People Will Change the World

Dr Malcolm Fisk | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Malcolm Fisk

Older people are going to be the most influential force of change in our society for many years to come. Similar to the rise and impact of youth culture in the 1950s and 60s, the changing demographics of the UK will transform the places where we work and live.

All Charities Must Prepare for Ageing

Dan Corry | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Dan Corry

Our aim is to give the sector a gentle kick up the pants. We all know the population will look different in 20 years time and we need to start thinking what that means for charities and their funders now.

Thousands Being Denied Simple Eye Operation

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Alexander

Developing cataracts and waiting for your vision to blur is just a natural part of ageing isn't it? Why should it matter if you can no longer drive? Well of course it should matter, it does matter and it does not have to be this way. So why are there so many people being denied treatment?

Relationships in Later Life and Why They Matter

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

The population of the UK is ageing. By 2025, half the population will be over 50. Our media and politicians are warning us of the consequences of this for our public services and national debt. What very few people are talking about is one of the ways we can tackle this looming crisis: our personal relationships.

Can You Really Turn Back the Clock?

Daley James Francis | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daley James Francis

The words "anti-ageing" are either met by wide-eyed anticipation or absolute horror depending on who you talk to. There are so many treatments out there for both men and women that range from the simple to the more risky treatments of cosmetic surgery and testosterone therapy.

We All Need Help Finding Good Care

Andrea Sutcliffe | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK
Andrea Sutcliffe

I am confident that Find Me Good Care will also be helpful for people who provide services, because they will have feedback from their customers. That feedback will help Find Me Good Care to play its part in improving care and support services.

Grow Old Gracefully - The Best is Yet to Come

Kate Thompson | Posted 19.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

So many of today's stars are chosen to look as close to perfect as possible. Most female celebrities don't have visible eye-bags or spots or jowels or wrinkles like some of us do. Tess Daly, even in her 40s, is more polished than most women in their 20s and 30s. And yet she's teamed on Strictly Come Dancing with ageing 80-something Bruce Forsyth...

Is Fear of Death Killing Compassion for Older People?

Jon Underwood | Posted 07.05.2012 | UK Politics
Jon Underwood

The theory is that someone who is more OK about death would be better at looking after a dying person than someone that who is very scared. This makes sense, but the interesting thing is the amount of evidence for this.

ON ... Contracting Onset 21 Year old Daughter (or son) Syndrome.

Martin Treanor | Posted 19.10.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

Now I've always considered myself a funky kinda chappie, not exactly mutton dressed as lamb, but I feel myself young for my age - casting derisory gla...