later life

Next month I'll be turning 91. For most people, when they think of those in their nineties, they envisage decrepit specimens who aren't capable of much more than sitting on armchairs whilst watching TV in a care home. While not everyone who gets to my age is blessed with good health, this stereotype of 'older people' is incredibly damaging.
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.
This week John Cridland published his final report and recommendations to government on future increases in state pension
Another week, another flurry of evidence about the care crisis across the country. Everyone seems to agree that there is
As the debate intensifies in the London Mayoral elections, are the candidates committed to creating cities that are fit for our ageing population?
Men seek a resumption of a private life - they want someone to 'come home to', whereas women seek a public life - they want someone to 'go out' with.
It appears that the baby boomers have decided to shake up old age and are now opting for married life again rather than a blue rinse or a pair of slippers. According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics marriage rates have risen for people in their sixties.
It's not hard to see how these ideas are spread and reinforced: travel no further than your local newsagent to see a long line of birthday cards jokingly but unrelentingly portray ageing as negative. Nearby a row of papers and magazines fixate on youth youthful beauty, pursuits and interests.
One in five people in the UK will be 65 and over by the year 2020 and longevity should be celebrated. Growing older isn't a disease, it happens to us all! Treating older people with dignity and respect in care homes and hospitals is one of the most urgent aspects of later life that needs to be addressed.
Our latest report on global retirement trends, Life After Work?, which surveyed over 16,000 people, found that many retirees in Britain have regrets about their retirement planning. It revealed that almost two-fifths of UK retirees did not prepare adequately or at all for a comfortable retirement, leaving many having to make sacrifices in later life.