UK Retirement

Working Late Or Retiring Early: Which Is The Healthy Option?

Chris Ball | Posted 08.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ball

Studies have shown that retirement is linked to less physical activity, changes in dietary patterns (eating less fresh fruit and vegetables for example), more alcohol consumption and less social interaction. Once we leave the routine of working life, the habits of a lifetime may be thrown overboard. The happy hour may start earlier, lunch may linger and that early morning brisk walk for the train we have lost, may eliminate our day's dose of strenuous exercise.

The Biggest 'Burning Injustice'?

Anna Dixon | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Politics
Anna Dixon

The Prime Minister in her conference address this week would be prudent to return to the theme of fairness. It struck a chord with people in the early days of her premiership when she first addressed the country outside of Downing Street.

Start At Home To Protect Our Ageing Population's Future

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

We are awaiting an update from Government on its proposals, including its formal response to the joint select committee inquiry. We're keen to work with colleagues across the sector and in government to develop a workable solution that achieves the government's objectives while safeguarding vulnerable older people.

Summer Holidays In Retirement

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

Summers are there to be enjoyed: for relaxing, exploring and trying new things. Sadly, our new research has found it's also a time when a third of Brits feel guilty about leaving older relatives at home while going on holiday.

SERPS, Or A Tale Of Two State Pensions

Ed Green | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Ed Green

Last week's revelations about the gender pay divide at the BBC managed to bury the bad news of another rise in the state pension age. Recently appoint...

Time To Say It Out Loud: Our Society Is Writing Off Ageing

Sarah Weir OBE | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Sarah Weir OBE

What do you want to be when you're older? A common question asked of children. But why are we not asking people over 50 the same question?

The Role Of Creativity And Technology In Dementia Care

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Ashcroft

This Dementia Awareness Week we have seen incredible first-person accounts of how creativity and technology can make living with dementia more manageable. Although we don't have a cure for the disease, there are still innumerable ways to bring as much joy as possible to the lives of those living with dementia.

How VR Can Help The Elderly

Jess Melia | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Jess Melia

With advances in technology probably the most likely to turn my head, I'm interested in the latter of these initiatives and having recently read a lot about how virtual reality, how this could be a huge step forward for the aging population. So in what ways could VR actually help the older people in the UK and across the world?

Will State Pension Age Keep On Rising?

Chris Ball | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Chris Ball

The UK state pension age (SPA) could increase to 70 by as early as 2057 if the government follows the recommendations set out in John Cridland's revie...

So... Would You Like To Know The Latest Wellbeing Travel Trends?

Stella Photi | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I set up Wellbeing Escapes 11 years ago and it's been very interesting watching the emergence of wellness travel from truly embryonic beginnings to where it is today. My team and I have the privileged position of speaking to our clients on a daily basis which allows us to understand their needs but also the challenges that they are facing in their lives.

Time For Action To Solve The Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is a crisis, that care is mass...

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.

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 ...

5 Smart Money Moves That Could Make You Richer In The Long Run

Jen Barton | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

It’s never too early to wise up about your finances: the sooner you start putting money aside, the better. And we’re not just talking about your ...

How Can I Plan My Retirement So I Can Emulate My In-Law's?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Well here I was playing golf with a group of men and women who hit one another with a constant flow of humorous below the belt banter and it started to occur to me that whilst I don't want to be their age just yet, I really liked being in their company.

The Money Lessons I Wish I'd Learned In My Twenties

Jen Barton | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We grow up thinking that with age comes wisdom... and sometimes that’s the truth. Especially when it comes to our finances. And particularly when yo...

No Pension At 40? It’s Never Too Late To Start

The Huffington Post | Jackie Gallego | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

The pension equation is simple enough. The more you save during your working years, the more comfortable a retirement you’ll be able to afford. It...

Mind the Pension Gap - Women Still Trail Men In The Savings Stakes

Jackie Leiper | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Jackie Leiper

There is no denying that huge progress has been made to close the gender gap in recent years - from equal pay campaigns to pledges from businesses to increase female representation on leadership teams. However, nowhere does the gender gap persist quite as stubbornly as it does within pension savings.

Why Couples Aren't Discussing Their Retirement Plans

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Retirement is a whole new chapter in your lives together but research from Aviva shows that more than a quarter of couples are failing to discuss thei...

Let's Show That We Really Celebrate Our Centenarians

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

One of the best parts of my job at Anchor is working with the inspiring, fun and lively generation of older people that prove older age is most certainly a time for living. We should celebrate the fact that, as a nation, we're living longer.

Right-Sizing, And The Benefits For Generation Rent

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 30.09.2017 | 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.

Why You Should Care About The Miners' Pensions Scandal

Rachel Heeds | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK Politics
Rachel Heeds

Surely miners deserve our respect, our empathy and our gratitude for what they gave for us. Tragically, people who gave the best years of their lives in service of the nation feel like nobody cares about what they have been through, and are still going through. This has to stop.

Starting Again At Sixty, In Search Of Happiness

Ana Onatah | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ana Onatah

At sixty I left pretty much everything behind me - my husband, step children, family, business, cats, and most of my belongings - and started again, in another country. My only plan was to find happiness.

Worries Mount For Majority Of Those Approaching Retirement

Ginny Lunn | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ginny Lunn

Retirement should be a landmark moment in all of our lives. And it should be a cause of celebration where we look forward to extra leisure time or moments with friends and family. So it is alarming that new research - commissioned by Beanstalk - shows that the vast majority of people are worried about retirement.