Older People

Why Is Caring for Children Seen as More Important Than Caring for Older People?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Davina Ludlow

We need to attract more people in the UK to become care workers and to do this we need to stop being a youth-obsessed society and start seeing older people as real human beings and value their wisdom and life experience. By valuing older people more, we will value the people who care for them and vice versa - the two are entwined.

Reducing Isolation Amongst Older People This Festive Season

Beth Britton | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

For many older people, Christmas can be the most isolating time of the year. The whirlwind of the festive season can easily go on around, rather than involve, many older people particularly if they don't have a family they see regularly or groups within their local community who provide support.

What the Dickens!: Left to Starve

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

It is essential that older people's nutritional needs are appropriately assessed and taken into account in any care plan. Only when health staff and carers ensure that older people have access at all times to the right food and drink alongside the appropriate help and support they require to go with it, will we see a much needed drop in these startling figures.

Can Technology End Loneliness? Helping Older People Get Connected

Steve Allen | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Allen

Loneliness is having a devastating impact on our older population. Every day, we hear stories of older people who feel marginalised and useless, believe they are a burden on society, and who have no one to turn to for the simple companionship so many of us take for granted.

Action on Loneliness Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Mary Rance | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Mary Rance

What the UK is experiencing is a loneliness epidemic. It is the sheer number of older people suffering from loneliness and social isolation which blights the UK's position as one of the best places in the world to grow old. This isn't going away or getting any better, and it's not something we can shy away from.

Why Is the Social Care Debate So Primitive?

Simon Stevens | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

When we stop trying to look after people like children, and start supporting them as adults, is when we can start to feel proud of social care.

Disrupting the Age Game

Sara McKee | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McKee

Three years ago I started the Evermore journey, determined to provide positive lifestyle choices for people in later life. Key to this has been changing the conversation around ageing as for too long it had focussed on either decrepitude or the cost of care.

A Happy and Safe Mother's Day

Jonathan Simpson | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Simpson

This Sunday is Mother's Day, a time to appreciate the women in our lives and the family unit. Sadly one in four women, many of whom will be mothers, will experience domestic abuse in their lives and will wake up feeling scared, apprehensive or isolated.

Addressing the Grey Vote in the Autumn Statement

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

The stamp duty announcement will help reduce payments for a number of older people, but it was disappointing that it didn't extend to a full exemption for older people wishing to downsize...

Keep in Touch

Beth Britton | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

We all write it, a simple phrase that echoes a desire to remain connected to people who are personally or professionally important to us. Throughout most of our lives it may not mean much, but as people get older and potentially their number of contacts diminishes, keeping in touch takes on a whole new meaning.

Building Our Way to a Brighter Future: Are Politicians Parking the Issue?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

When this new housing is built, this will inevitably mean changes to local infrastructure and new roads being built. At present, older people face a disproportionately high number of accidents on the road - the Department for Transport reports that older people are between two and five times more likely to be killed or suffer a serious injury on the road than a younger person.

Private Sector Can Provide Love, Compassion and a Safety Net

Sara McKee | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK
Sara McKee

Labour has made the assumption that a business operating for profit has no morals and lacks the impetus to support the community in which they operate, unless for PR gain. Yet I'm a strong believer of 'doing well by doing good' and I know I'm not alone among commercial business owners.

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

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 28.10.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 28.09.2014 | 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.