Older People

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

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 20.03.2014 | 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 18.03.2014 | 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 24.02.2014 | 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.

It Really Is Good to Talk

Mike Biddle | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Biddle

Recent predictions from the Office of National Statistics suggest that one in three babies born today will live to 100 and beyond. Bearing in mind our ageing population, we've been doing quite a lot of work over the past five years to think about how we can enable us all to live our lives the way we want to, where we want to.

Social Care Funding 'Can Be Found By Diverting NHS Budget'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK

The way the social care system is funded needs urgent reform to meet the needs of an ageing population, health experts said on Tuesday. More publi...

Family Carers Aren't Hidden - They're Everywhere

Moira Fraser | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Moira Fraser

We talk a lot about hidden carers, but the truth is they weren't hidden. They were right there. They probably don't call themselves carers, they're just looking after Uncle John.

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.

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...

Thousands Die 'Alone Penniless And In Pauper's Graves'

PA | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics

Around 40,000 people each year have a state-funded burial or cremation when they die "penniless", a charity has said. The figure includes 21,000 pe...

The Crisis in Care: Where can we Find Money for our Underfunded Care System?

Margot James | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK Politics
Margot James

When we look to reform the care system in this country, we find ourselves at a quite intolerable starting point. Age UK reported in June of this year that spending on adult and social care had risen by just 0.1% in real terms between 2004 and 2010.