Old People

Face-to-Face Contact - The Most Basic Human Right?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 02.10.2014 | 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.

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

Paula Coston | Posted 31.08.2014 | 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...

Older Homeowners Need Help With Downsizing

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

As house prices continue to rise, you might expect that a growing number of older homeowners are looking to downsize their home and cash in some of th...

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.

GRAPH: How Badly Will Welfare Cuts Hit Young People?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's promise to cut £12 billion more off the welfare budget after 2015 will pile further pressure onto young people. Young people ...

Capturing the True Magic of Christmas: How I Rediscovered My Love of the Festive Season

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

So what happened to release me from the confines of my decidedly Scrooge-like slump? A trip to the doctors believe it or not. Somewhere in the stench of other people's bugs, a delay of nearly an hour on my allotted appointment time and some delightful piped Christmas tunes a change occurred.

Why Do More Old People Die In A Recovery?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK Politics

Death rates among middle-aged people are higher when the economy is growing than when it is heading for recession, research has found. Scientists s...

All the Lonely People - The Elderly Isolation Crisis and What to Do About It

James Mumford | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
James Mumford

In 2011 the Centre for Social Justice conducted a telephone poll, the largest of its kind, of single occupants aged 75 and over. We found that nearly a quarter of a million people - a city the size of Brighton - were to spend Christmas day alone.

From Dull Existence to a Life Worth Living - How Technology Can Transform Old People's Lives

Hannah Gal | Posted 03.04.2013 | UK Tech
Hannah Gal

Countess immobile elderly people miss going to church, shops, the supermarket and the library. Eighty six year old Margaret tells me how her deteriorating eye sight meant she had to give up driving and 'my freedom' several years ago, 'I still haven't come to terms with it' she adds. 

Older Age - New Rites and Responsibilities?

Jilly Forster | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jilly Forster

If we stick to the thinking that old age is a fatal disease we must ignore till it happens, then our society is doomed.

Long Life Is Not A Blessing, It's A Curse

Hannah Gal | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

'What on earth is the point of my life?' Molly (not her real name) asks me. The frail, weary to her bone 92 year old looks at me as her shaky hands struggle to adjust a stubbornly troublesome hearing aid. 

Upper Age Limit For Surgery Causes 'Needless Deaths' Warn Experts

PA | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Thousands of elderly patients are needlessly dying because they are being denied treatment on the grounds of their age, a report has found. Surgica...

Grandparents - The Solution Not the Problem

Ian Linden | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Linden

The surprising thing is that most religious leaders, even in parts of the world where the family is "extended" sometimes beyond breaking point, adopt the default definition. Whether in Friday khutba or Sunday preaching, Synagogue or Temple, you will be lucky to hear the word "grandparents" in a sermon on the family.

Cancer to Affect One in Four Older People by 2040

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

By 2040 over four million over-65s will be living with cancer in the UK. That is one in four of all over 65s and almost double the proportion in 2010.

Why Older People Are More Susceptible To Scams

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 17.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Everyone knows the adage: "If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is." Why, then, do some people fall for scams and older people es...

We're Getting Older But Not Wiser...

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 19.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

According to a growing body of research, elderly people in Britain are in the grip of a negative body image epidemic, Huffpost Lifestyle reports. C...

Elderly Warned Against Scams Targeting Older People

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK

The elderly have been warned to be on their guard against bogus retail and investment schemes targeting the older generations. . The Insolvency Ser...

Why 61 Is The New 41...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

According to a recent poll, blowing out the candles on your 61st birthday doesn't signal the onset of retirement, but rather that you're happily into ...

Neglected, Patronised And Undignified: Report Lambasts Care For The Elderly

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK

The health needs of elderly people are considered a "secondary requirement" in some of Britain's care homes, a report has found. Certain institutio...

Spread the Warmth to Older People This Christmas

Heléna Herklots | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK
Heléna Herklots

No one should be forced to spend Christmas Day alone and I urge you to take a bit of time out from all the parties, gift wrapping and festivities to spread Christmas cheer to an older person you know this festive season.

OAPs 'Contribute Billions To State'

PA | Posted 06.12.2011 | UK Politics

Calls are being made for the Government to create a minister for retirement after a report found that the retired population contributes £25 billion ...

The Politics of Dinnertime

Stuart Bonar | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

It is high time that those of us who don't think we're going to hell in a handcart became a lot more energetic about challenging the many half-truths there are out there.