Old Age

The Journey Home

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

My parents do not come up to London anymore, though it is less than 90 minutes from where they live. They used to have a vibrant life here. My mother would always be there on the first day of the Chelsea Flower Show with her big hat on, and went to museums, galleries and operas.

11 Things It Shouldn't Take You Until Adulthood to Learn

The Mac Twins | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Setting multiple alarms is futile as the snooze button is best mates with your laziness. This friendship does not count as an excuse to your boss about your tardiness and will ruin your school reports and job references.

Can We Laugh at Old People? Old Age? How About Ageism Itself?

Paula Coston | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Paula Coston

"We're laughing at an ageist." Image courtesy of Shutterstock. As widely publicised, Jeremy Paxman has got himself into trouble lately. During a pr...

These Retirement Home Residents Dancing To 'Happy' Are Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Just when you thought you were tired of homemade Pharrell Williams 'Happy' videos, comes one that's simply irresistible. It's courtesy of 60 reside...

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.

On Getting Old

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

There's No Joy in Middle Age

Paul Marshall | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

When you're 50 and above, there's a raft of conditions you're susceptible to. If you're a man, these include prostate cancer, high blood pressure and heart failure. One in five have a fatal coronary before they're 75.

Home Is Where the Heart (Defibrillator) Is

Paul Marshall | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

It's a sad fact of life (and death) that the majority of us are destined to end our days in a care home. Or if recent and continuing news stories are to be believed, a couldn't care less home.

How Are We Going to Meet the Care Need of an Ageing Population?

Sue Brown | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Sue Brown

This week the Institute for Public Policy Research published a report revealing that the number of older people needing informal care will outstrip the number of family members able to provide it as early as 2017. Worrying news for a social care system already creaking under the strain of not enough funding and too many people in need of care.

Sooner (Or Later) Death Comes to Us All

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Marshall

'm hardly the world's biggest social networker, so it seems doubtful that when I'm dead I'll suddenly start messaging people for all eternity. Although that's obviously not the case for everyone. I've been wondering what all those tweets from Elvis and Beethoven were about- loving the new duet guys.

'What Big, Sad, Scary Prospects You Have, Ungrandma!" Non-Grandparents: What to Do About Our Futures?

Paula Coston | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Coston

I'm 59, and have never had children - not my choice. Many of my same-age friends and family are preparing to enjoy the arrival of the next generation beyond, an experience that I'll no doubt take pleasure in by proxy, but still, that I'll miss out on for myself.

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.

Old and Wise...and Beautiful

Juliet Simmons | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Juliet Simmons

What is age - often it's little more than a number. You can be old and young at heart or young and staid. As the beautiful women in my life have shown me, age doesn't define whether someone is smart, beautiful, interesting or worth spending time with.

Time for a Positive Revolution in Older People's Lives

Sara McKee | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

Nearly a day doesn't go by when there's a headline in the UK about government cuts impacting older people, residential homes shutting down or elder abuse. It's fair to say that everyone knows the system is broken yet not a lot of progress is being made to fix it.

When They Come for You?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Mik Scarlet

If we do begin begin doling out medicine dependent on "societal benefit" how long will it be before we also follow counties like Belgium and euthanize sick and disabled children, as not only are they "suffering" but they will never be useful members of society?

What Will Become of Britain's Digitally Isolated After Martha Lane Fox's Resignation?

Jeh Kazimi | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Tech
Jeh Kazimi

David Cameron must find a new digital champion to replace the inimitable Martha Lane Fox, one of the dotcom boom's most famous successes as founder of lastminute.com and all-round good egg.

Old People Don't Need Strangers at their Funerals, they Need their Bins Bringing In

Sean O'Meara | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Sean O'Meara

An empty funeral is a sad sight, but empty chairs during visiting time at a care home are an even sadder one. I'm sure the 300 plus mourners who attended felt good about turning out, but they shouldn't mistake their actions for noble or respectful.

Fifteen Minute Care Sessions Are an Insult, Why Our Elderly Deserve Better

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Just as it is cruel to deprive the elderly of food or medication, it is cruel to accept the current state of social isolation. We could ask why these lonely people's families are not more involved or go down the Chinese government route of 'forcing' people to visit their elderly parents but the reality is that people are naturally occupied with making a living and raising their own young.  

Prince Philip Makes Another Excellent Joke

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK

The Duke of Edinburgh showed he was back to his best today when he joked about a toddler being knocked off an inflatable toy. Philip may only have ...

Why Volunteering Doesn't Have an Age Limit

Frontier | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Leaving the country to volunteer becomes a chance to turn a difficult situation into a positive; commencing a new, enriching and potentially life changing experience.

'How Long Should We Let Old People Live?'

Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

When Sir David Attenborough appeared on the Today programme, he might have been expected to talk about his new series, David Attenborough's Rise of An...

Let's Hear It for the Oldies...

Robin Lustig | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Lustig

Here's a little conundrum for you to chew over: it's estimated that over the next decade, there'll be something like 13.5 million job vacancies in the UK, but only 7 million young people will be leaving full-time education. So who's going to fill those jobs?

The Shocking Nature Of The North-South Divide

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

The bleakness of the north-south divide has been laid bare in new research showing people living in the north of England have a greater risk of dying ...

When Did Nineties Kids Become So Old?

Benjamin Butterworth | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Butterworth

It would be a lie to suggest that nothing changes. I no longer throw extended, highly emotional screaming matches at being forced to eat sprouts, like I did when I was 12. Or wet the bed, like I did when I was 12. But fundamentally, it doesn't feel so different. I for one prefer a Tracey Beaker omnibus and ice cream to paying bills.

A Minute's Silence

Ritzy | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ritzy

We're a band that has barely left the touring circuit since our formation, so it's very natural that the seeds of songs find themselves being planted in hotel rooms, bus lounges and the backstages of venues across the globe.