Older People

Why Being Ready for Later Life Needs Both Personal and Political Commitment

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

This week, an alliance of independent organisations dedicated to protecting the wellbeing of older people in the UK published a prescription for a happy and healthy old age.

Urgent Health Needs in Gaza

Nader Karem Alfarra | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Nader Karem Alfarra

This conflict is so difficult for older people. I am trying to keep daily contact with all the older people we have been working with... Older people have lived through so much in Gaza and we want to do whatever we can to support them and to improve their lives.

The UK Is Set Up to Grow Old Disgracefully - It's Time for a Change

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

We all know it. Older people live it and younger generations understand it. Think tanks continue to issue warnings about it. The health and social care sector, politicians and the media have raised the alarm about it. Yet successive governments ignore it.

A Grim Reminder as the Levels of Loneliness in Older People Reach Breaking Point

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

The story of Bournemouth resident, Anne Leitrim, has really struck a chord with me this past week. The discovery comes merely one day after Contact the Elderly declared a state of emergency in response to the numbers of lonely older people in the UK...

I'm Retiring 'Retirement', Who Will Join Me?

Jilly Forster | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jilly Forster

The day you get that free pen in the charity mailer, you know it's started. The beginning of the rest of your life. The re-labelling of the individual you thought you were. Now part of the homogenous mass of 'oldies', also known as 'the over 50s'.

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.

Mind the Family Care Gap: How Can the Care Sector Respond to the Needs of a Booming Older Population?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The challenge now falls not only to families but also to the adult social care sector and Government, to inform and encourage every individual to plan for their own future care needs.

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.

Whose Job Is It Anyway? Why Calls From Campaigners for Older People May Be Falling on Deaf Ears

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

The Office for National Statistics projects that the number of people in England aged 85 or over will increase from 1.24 million in 2013 to 2.3 million by 2030. This age group is also the most likely to have some form of disability. A glance at just some of the announcements made in the last two weeks alone tells us that demographic change is creeping back onto the public agenda. The question on everyone's lips: Are we prepared? The answer: No.

What Is Wrong With 15 Minutes?

Simon Stevens | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

The reason it is easy to be against 15 minutes calls is it is in no ones interest to disagree especially if you want to look politically correct. Users are always going to say they need more help, and care workers will always say they can do a better job with more time.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the Battle Against Loneliness - Focusing on a Solution

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Reading and hearing reports in the media each day, it is impossible to deny that there is increased awareness of the issue of loneliness and isolation in older people in the UK. Since I founded the charity 49 years ago, Contact the Elderly has been actively involved in combating loneliness, providing over a million face-to-face friendship links via our monthly tea parties

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.

The Importance of Face to Face Contact

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For isolated older people in the UK there can be periods of days, weeks, even months where they see no one in person. Family may have moved, partners may have passed away and mobility may be limited.

The Magic of a Film Club

Bob Morgan | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Morgan

I help run a film club; every second Thursday we show a film to a small audience of around 20 - 25 people. We put it on during the day so inevitably the audience is mostly made up of older people.

If We Want More Employment, Why Just Favour the Youth?

Daniel Callaghan | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Daniel Callaghan

Let's be clear. Like companies, governments are employers and facilitators of employment. Unlike companies, they do not earn income. When ministers talk about tax revenue, what they mean is the money the state obliges us to contribute.

Let's Talk About a Solution for Loneliness and Isolation Among Older People in the UK

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Imagine a life where a visit from the postman might be the only human contact you have all week. For those of us who work in a busy office this is hard to imagine, but for many older people, it's a grim reality. Loneliness is a devastating problem in the UK and has a crippling effect on older people who endure it, day in and day out.

World Mental Health Day 2013: Mental Health and Older Adults - It Concerns Us All

Louisa Daniels | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Daniels

Today there are 800 million people aged 60 and over, all with an increased life expectancy, so, it shouldn't come as a shock to learn that soon there will be more older people on the planet than any other age group. Hence why understanding and improving the mental health of this generation is of significant importance to all of us.

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.

Why Is Social Care Facing the Deepest Cuts?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Few people realise that social care will be cut by 33% by 2015 and on current projections will be cut by 50% by 2018. This is the deepest cut to any part of the welfare state since its creation and yet it is going entirely unnoticed. How has this happened?

Older People 'Trapped In Their Homes'

PA | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK

Thousands of older people are "trapped" in their homes because of a lack of suitable transport, a new report has claimed. The WRVS said as many as ...

Improving Care for Older Cancer Patients

Ciaran Devane | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ciaran Devane

The moral imperative to root out ageism in the NHS now has legal backing, following the recent expansion of the age-related provisions of the 2010 Equality Act to include services. All public sector organisations must eliminate unequal treatment on the grounds of age. But where do we start in cancer care?

In Emergencies, We Shouldn't Only Be Saving the Children

Dr Unni Karunakara | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK
Dr Unni Karunakara

This focus on the very young is perhaps a natural reflex, yet we mustn't allow it to blind us to the needs of older people. As a doctor myself, and currently president of an international medical humanitarian organisation operating in emergencies around the world, I want to challenge our sense that we should always focus first on the needs of the very young in emergencies.

What Do You Want for Your Future?

Mike Biddle | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Biddle

We did a survey recently and three quarters of the people we asked wanted an alternative to a care home if they become dependent in older age. We believe this means there is a need for innovative thinking to revolutionise long-term care, including how it is delivered and what it should look like.

Active Ageing: Time to Match Words With Deeds

Chris Ball | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

Today is Older People's Day - a welcome celebration of the contribution that older people make to society. There will be much written, and still more done, to underline the importance of building bonds and relationships between people of all ages. Less, however, might be said about the issue of 'active ageing', what it means to older people and how we might achieve it.

Want Carers to Have Jobs? Give Them the Same Rights as Parents

Moira Fraser | Posted 25.08.2012 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

Government policy on carers and employment is all over the place. On the one hand they realise that unpaid carers are a vital group who we need to keep in that role because otherwise it would cost the country a fortune, but on the other hand they want them to work.