Older People

Government Housing Plans - Where Does Sheltered Housing Stand?

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

If you heard the hype, you could be forgiven for thinking the government's much-anticipated housing policy heralds a new era for downsizing. Much of ...

Will Housing White Paper Make Downsizing A Positive Choice For Older Homeowners?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

The government's long-awaited white paper on housing - due to be published shortly - is widely expected to feature measures to promote downsizing by older homeowners. The proposals are predicted to include exemptions on stamp duty for older people moving to smaller properties, thereby freeing up larger homes for younger families as part of the answer to the housing crisis.

Protecting Older People's Mental Health Matters Too

Sophie Andrews | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Sophie Andrews

The Prime Minister has pledged to address the level of mental health provision; while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, publically supported a campaign to aid young people with mental health issues. My concern is that older people's needs, in this case mental health, are yet again going under the radar.

Hot Yoga Breathes Life Back Into Ageing

Ed Wood | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Wood

The saying, 'life begins at 40', has never been more true as we continue to see exponential increases in how long people are living as well as the retirement age and a shift in what is considered to be 'old age'.

Welcome To Instagran!

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Author's own Picture this, older people having the time of their lives taking photos of each other and posting them on social media. They say it's ...

Elder Abuse - A Forgotten Human Rights Issue?

Gary FitzGerald | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Gary FitzGerald

In the UK, human rights are often seen as an international issue - one enacted in dusty prisons in foreign lands - rather than one that affects us closer to home. However, it can be argued that older people in the UK are one significant part of the population that routinely has its human rights denied...

All Talk And Maybe Some Action On The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

An extraordinary second Monday in December may have heralded long-awaited government action to tackle the care crisis. With more than a million older people not getting the help they need and cash-strapped local authorities squeezing fees to fragile care businesses, the care system seems close to collapse. Now all eyes are on the government's funding settlement for councils later this week. Will it simply allow councils to raise council tax to fund care or will it offer something more fundamental?

Standing Up 4 Sitting Down: Beating Ageism On The High Street

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

By 2039 more than 1 in 12 people will be 80 or over. This is a considerable segment of the population - yet markets, high streets and commodities in t...

Householders Helped To Stay In Their Own Home 'Warm, Safe And Well'

Stephen Burke | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

In all the debate about the funding and integration of health and care, too little attention has been paid to housing. Yet we know that an older or di...

Is Attacking Pensioners The Best Way To Promote Intergenerational Families

Stephen Burke | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

After a lengthy inquiry, MPs on the Work and Pensions Select Committee have published their recommendations to tackle intergenerational fairness. In ...

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 25.01.2017 | 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 02.12.2016 | 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 02.12.2016 | 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.