Older People

Is A Cross-Party Commission The Best Way To Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

There is a common refrain in the care sector: we need a cross-party commission/agreement to tackle the care crisis. There is (almost) consensus on t...

From Tipping Point To Solving The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to the Care Quality Commission's annual report, care is approaching a tipping point. But will it be the tipping point for sustainable change or for a complete collapse of the care system?

Right-Sizing, And The Benefits For Generation Rent

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

A more joined-up approach is needed. Addressing the housing crisis by increasing the supply of retirement housing is an opportunity to save billions, and create enormous benefits for both older and younger generations.

Are The Generations Really Worlds Apart?

Claire Turner | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Claire Turner

Above all else, encouraging everyday interactions between different generations is critical. This is what most of us grandparents, parents, uncles and aunties, son and daughters and grandchildren have been doing for years without giving it a second thought.

A Cautionary Tale Of A Cruise Ship Detox

Beth Britton | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Britton

One aspect of her post-travel tales really bothered me. During her stay on-board she attended a seminar on health, had a 'personal assessment', and ended up coming home with some pills and a new diet.

Downgrading the Care Minister's Role is Bad News for Social Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

Theresa May and David Mowat, the Parliamentary Under-secretary responsible for care, have the chance to turn social care around and help those in need of care to lead the best lives possible; I hope it's a challenge they address as the lack of adequate social care funding is an issue which cannot be ignored any longer.

Referendum Calls for an Intergenerational Choice

Chris Ball | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

If the Brexit campaign wins, the young will live through the remaining years of the 21st Century on the fringes of Europe, part of the same continental shelf but for all our country's influence, on a different tectonic plate. The young are the ones who will have to live with the decision far longer than you. Listen to them before you vote, or better still let them decide it.

It's Time We All Benefit From Demographic Change

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

"We're all living longer". You'll have heard the phrase trotted out to explain everything from the rise in the state pension age to the challenges facing the NHS.

Why Is the World Humanitarian Summit Important for Older People?

Chris Roles | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Chris Roles

"Now I'm older it feels as though I'm a burden and people aren't interested in me." These are the words of 86 year old Mariya from Donetsk in eastern ...

Is Alcohol Now the Scourge of Older People and Younger Women?

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Tony Rao

I honestly believe that alcohol-related memory problems are hugely under-reported and mistaken for Alzheimer's disease. Ten years ago I would have been treating no more than three people at any one time for alcohol-related brain damage. Now there are at least 10 patients with that in my clinical service.

Tour de Terry

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

When people discuss retirement, there are so many images that come to mind. It's a unique experience, as different as each person. There is no rigid rule book about what makes an enjoyable retirement and I think this is one of the most exciting things about it. The number of people aged 65 and older has increased by 16% in just 10 years which means there are nearly one million more people taking on new adventures.

"I'm Not a Process, But a Person" - Why GPs Should Treat Care Home Residents Equally

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

It's not news that GPs are stretched, but the recent debate on whether doctors should visit care homes is happening in a vacuum without considering th...

Looking at a Better Solution for Older People in Hospitals

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

The latest report from Government has revealed new steps to encourage hospitals and local authorities to work together with out-of-hospital services to alleviate the issue of people being kept in hospital longer than necessary. A very positive step forward in my eyes and the only way to ensure people, especially older people, are recovering in a suitable environment.

Youth? Been There, Done That

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Rafael Euba

The stereotypes place old age somewhere else, in a different plane, where human individual dimensions don't normally apply. Perhaps this serves a protective function: as long as "old" is somewhere else, one can stay truly young by simply not going there.

Cutting Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jane Ashcroft

The shortfall in social care funding, estimated to be around the £4.3bn mark by the end of the decade, once again was not addressed sufficiently in the Chancellor's recent Spending Review.

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 14.10.2016 | 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 16.08.2016 | 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 04.06.2016 | 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.