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Rising demand in social care will cost 60p in every £1 collected in council tax by 2020

Rising demand in social care will cost 60p in every £1 collected in council tax by 2020

Almost 60p in every £1 that people pay in council tax may have to be spent caring for children and adults by 2020, leaving increasingly less to fund other services, like fixing potholes, cleaning streets and running leisure centres and libraries.   New analysis by the Local Government Association, published ahead of the Autumn Budget, […]

10th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Autumn Budget must address social care funding gap

Autumn Budget must address social care funding gap

Responding to new figures from NHS Digital which shows that the annual spending by local authorities on social care rose by £556 million in 2016/17 to £17.5 billion, Cllr Linda Thomas, Vice Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “These figures show that while councils are doing all they can to […]

2nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
“Loneliness epidemic” being tackled in Birmingham

“Loneliness epidemic” being tackled in Birmingham

New research has revealed nine out of ten people in Birmingham fear the prospect of isolation in older age as a “loneliness epidemic” hits the city. The Campaign to End Loneliness has found that 89 per cent of people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever – with more than half […]

16th October 2017 | By | Reply More
Greater muscle strength – better cognitive function for older people

Greater muscle strength – better cognitive function for older people

Greater muscle strength is associated with better cognitive function in ageing men and women, according to a new Finnish study. The association of extensively measured upper and lower body muscle strength with cognitive function was observed, but handgrip strength was not associated with cognitive function. Cognition refers to brain functions relating to receiving, storing, processing […]

27th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Lord Foulkes reports on the rights and care of the elderly within Europe

Lord Foulkes reports on the rights and care of the elderly within Europe

The PACE Committee on Social Affairs has called on European governments “to take measures with a view to combating ageism, improving care for older persons and preventing their social exclusion”. While welcoming the growing trend towards strengthening the protection of older persons’ human rights, the members underlined that negative stereotypes of older persons continue to […]

19th June 2017 | By | Reply More
As politicians grasp at solutions the demographic crystal ball shows elderly care crisis set to deepen, fast

As politicians grasp at solutions the demographic crystal ball shows elderly care crisis set to deepen, fast

By James Bloodworth of  the New Scientist Since 1975, Britain has changed a lot. Today the country is leaving the European Union, whereas 42 years ago it was reaffirming its membership of the European Economic Community. It is also considerably older as a nation. Back then, 14.1 per cent of the population were 65 or […]

25th May 2017 | By | Reply More
The main causes of incontinence-the real truths

The main causes of incontinence-the real truths

In the UK alone there are around 3 to 6 million sufferers of incontinence; however a large percentage of those are suffering in silence with the condition as they are embarrassed to speak out about it. Recently there has been coverage of the condition in the news due to celebrities sharing their very personal stories […]

12th April 2016 | By | Reply More
Plans submitted for latest phase of multi million pound housing and care village

Plans submitted for latest phase of multi million pound housing and care village

A development of innovative cottages featuring technology to boost older people’s independence could be built in Birmingham if plans for the latest stage of a flagship £60 million housing and care village are given the go-ahead.   Bournville Village Trust (BVT) and the ExtraCare Charitable Trust have submitted plans for the homes, which would form […]

6th April 2016 | By | Reply More
Regular exercise can reduce your minds age by ten years!

Regular exercise can reduce your minds age by ten years!

Physical exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in memory and some thinking skills that occur with ageing, according to new research carried out by the University of Miami. The study was published today in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In […]

23rd March 2016 | By | Reply More
The future today: how technology can help improve end of life care in Somerset

The future today: how technology can help improve end of life care in Somerset

As Britain’s ageing population grows with  many more of us facing the prospect of dying alone, technological innovations will become increasingly important in the delivery of palliative care in the community.  This will be the focus of the next St Margaret’s Hospice Fit for Future review panel meeting into the delivery of end of life […]

9th January 2016 | By | Reply More
Launch of the Friends of the Elderly Fund at Sussex Community Foundation

Launch of the Friends of the Elderly Fund at Sussex Community Foundation

National charity Friends of the Elderly has launched a fund with Sussex Community Foundation to back charities and community groups in Sussex supporting older people. Applications to receive funding are currently being accepted and assessed with a view to grants being awarded early next year.   The Friends of the Elderly Fund at Sussex Community […]

12th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Extra care facilities are a simple answer to an ageing population-Comment from Audley Retirement

Extra care facilities are a simple answer to an ageing population-Comment from Audley Retirement

Demand for homes has never been more apparent in the UK. Up and down the country government and developers are rushing to provide quality, affordable housing for the 220,000 new households expected to form in England each year over the next decade,[1] as our population grows and the property ladder becomes more crowded.   The […]

17th September 2015 | By | Reply More
Dementia in some Western European countries is stabilising despite ageing population

Dementia in some Western European countries is stabilising despite ageing population

Research published today (Friday 21 August) in The Lancet Neurology journal indicates that the number of people with dementia – both new cases and total numbers with the condition – in some Western European countries is stabilising despite population ageing. The study looks at data from five large epidemiological studies done in Sweden, the Netherlands, the […]

21st August 2015 | By | Reply More
Over a quarter of Brits lie about their weekend to impress colleagues

Over a quarter of Brits lie about their weekend to impress colleagues

New research from Age UK* reveals that over a quarter of Brits (26%) lie about their weekend escapades in order to impress co-workers. Despite this, almost half (44%) of Brits agree that the best thing a colleague can ask them about is their weekend.   If you are looking to perfect the art of inter-office […]

17th June 2015 | By | Reply More
‘Glass half empty’ is no way to feel

‘Glass half empty’ is no way to feel

People who see old age as a time of loneliness or expect to be lonely in old age are two to three times more likely to feel alone in later life. Brunel University London found that expectations and stereotypes of a lonely old age are predictors of actual loneliness. In a sample of “not lonely” […]

13th May 2015 | By | Reply More
Nick Clegg unveiled ‘Care Leave’-flexible support package for carers plans

Nick Clegg unveiled ‘Care Leave’-flexible support package for carers plans

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today (Thursday 23 April) unveiled plans to guarantee a “bonus” of up to to £250 for all carers looking after elderly, ill or disabled loved one. The party also plans to consult with business on plans to give workers five days of paid “care leave” a year, and increase the amount […]

23rd April 2015 | By | Reply More
Castleoak teams up with ARCO as its first corporate partner

Castleoak teams up with ARCO as its first corporate partner

Leading developer and construction partner to the care sector, Castleoak, has teamed up with ARCO (The Associated Retirement Community Operators) to become its first corporate supporter. ARCO represents retirement community providers in the UK. Castleoak will share its specialist construction and development expertise with ARCO’s members at technical forums and also support ARCO’s drive to […]

9th April 2015 | By | Reply More
Care funding cuts will lead to more care home closures

Care funding cuts will lead to more care home closures

  Four Seasons, Bupa and HC-One, the three largest operators in the UK’s £24bn care home market, are warning that the system is in crisis says GMB. According to the Financial Times on March 18th; ”Britain’s biggest providers of care homes for the elderly have warned that cuts to public funding for residents are “unsustainable” […]

21st March 2015 | By | Reply More
Retirement Villages CEO comments on how improving housing will reduce pressures on the NHS

Retirement Villages CEO comments on how improving housing will reduce pressures on the NHS

Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages:   “Finally, this government has recognised that there might be a correlation between improving housing options for older people, and reducing the pressures on the NHS. The Budget does not go far enough, but we can at least welcome the intent to explore the issue. The government should take […]

19th March 2015 | By | Reply More
Anchor reveals financial incentives behind hospital bed blocking

Anchor reveals financial incentives behind hospital bed blocking

‘Bed blocking’ in hospitals and A&E wards is being financially incentivised, according to a new report by independent think tank Localis, in partnership with older people’s charity Anchor.   The report ‘Unblocking: Securing a health and social care system that protects older people’, published today, explores the failures of the health and social care system, […]

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