As mortal beings, growing older is an inevitability. Despite our best anti-ageing serums and hair-loss treatments, eventually, old age creeps up on us all. Yet few of us really believe or accept this fact, let alone take the time to consider its implications.
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.
Of the three major policies, one from each of the main UK wide parties, it is the Conservative plan to change how elderly care is paid for which is best known. The plan, which would see more people contributing towards their care and dubbed by critics the 'dementia tax', is known by 53% to be Conservative policy. This is the proportion who have both heard of the policy and can correctly identify the party proposing it. With more than half the population aware of the policy, it is the best known of the election so far.
According to The Alzheimer's Society, there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with some form of dementia. It's estimated
With such a huge proportion of people with dementia dependent on social care, we urgently need a solution to ensure that everyone gets the right support when they need it. Currently, many people with dementia feel deserted by the state, and must rely on family members and carers for the support they need.
There is an assumption amongst younger generations that the senior members of our society have no interest in technology. Labelled rather patronizingly as a generation of 'digital dinosaurs', there are often exaggerated claims of an ever-increasing 'digital divide' between the old and young.
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We hope that the government will use this period of review and reform to safeguard vital services for disabled people, and recognise that good quality social care is a vital lifeline to well over one million disabled and older people across the country. The Spring Budget certainly gave us some breathing space. Now we and the government must seize the opportunity to reform social care and truly make it fit for the future.
A new report predicts intelligent 'Cognitive Homes' of the future will be able to assess and manage our needs and desires
There's a minority in this country that is often targeted by criminals simply because of who they are. They are targeted