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    Christmas comes early for Port Glasgow pensioners

    Christmas comes early for Port Glasgow pensioners

    OLDER people at a Port Glasgow retirement housing development got into Christmas spirit as they celebrated the festive season with a double whammy of events. Tenants at Bield’s Crosshill Gardens development tucked into a staggering 52 Christmas dinners as part of their annual Christmas party on Wednesday 12th December. Guests and tenants were served a […]

    7th January 2019 | By | Reply More
    Experts discuss the importance of play, to aid wellbeing

    Experts discuss the importance of play, to aid wellbeing

    At the ILC Future of Ageing conference, a group of experts met to discuss the importance of play throughout the life course and its vital role in alleviating detriment to physical and mental health in older age. Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, Chair of the Campaign to End Loneliness and Chair of the […]

    19th December 2018 | By | Reply More
    Top tips for older people living with long-term health conditions

    Top tips for older people living with long-term health conditions

    With 58 per cent of people over 60 living with long-term health conditions* Independent Age, the older people’s charity, has been listening to older people on the areas of their lives they find harder to manage. Independent Age’s new, free advice guide ‘Living well with long-term health conditions’ has been developed with older people who […]

    23rd November 2018 | By | Reply More
    2.5 million older people have no one to turn to-Comment from Alzheimer’s Society

    2.5 million older people have no one to turn to-Comment from Alzheimer’s Society

    In response to a new report by Age UK, that has revealed that millions of older people feel that they have no one to turn to for help and support, Sally Copley, Director of Policy, Campaigns and Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Society said: “It is upsetting but unsurprising to hear that older people often feel they […]

    7th November 2018 | By | Reply More
    Cold Weather Priority Initiative Aimed at Tackling Winter Deaths

    Cold Weather Priority Initiative Aimed at Tackling Winter Deaths

    According to The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), each year in the UK, there are 40,000 so-called ‘excess winter deaths’ as a result of cold. 82.5% of these are among the elderly (aged 75 and over). Based on ONS data, in England alone there were as many as 1,724 extra deaths during the ‘Beast […]

    11th October 2018 | By | Reply More
    NHS England chief executive praises Northern approach to supporting older people

    NHS England chief executive praises Northern approach to supporting older people

    The North’s innovative approach to addressing the challenges posed by an ageing population was heralded as a driving forcing for change at a recent event. ‘I-Care about Frailty: A Regional Approach’ attracted key national health figures to the North East including Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive, and Dr Dawn Moody, also from NHS England, […]

    20th September 2018 | By | Reply More
    England the ‘poor man’ of developed countries when it comes to funding care for older people

    England the ‘poor man’ of developed countries when it comes to funding care for older people

    A new report commissioned by Age UK highlights the different approaches to long-term care across a group of countries in the developed world, and how they compare to the system in England.   The Incisive Health report ‘An international comparison of long-term care funding and outcomes: insights for the social care green paper’ set out […]

    29th August 2018 | By | Reply More
    Calls for primary care reform to deliver better healthcare and treatment for older people

    Calls for primary care reform to deliver better healthcare and treatment for older people

    The British Geriatrics Society’s ‘Position Statement on Primary Care for Older People’ published today calls for more care and treatment to be delivered in the community to be better meet the needs of our ageing population, and urges the Government to build this into the long term plans for the NHS. The BGS statement highlights […]

    22nd August 2018 | By | Reply More
    Friends of the Elderly receives £500,000 support of its grants scheme

    Friends of the Elderly receives £500,000 support of its grants scheme

    The ACT Foundation has selected Friends of the Elderly to receive a transformational £500,000 donation towards its grants service, which supports older people who are living in financial difficulty.   Starting from April 2018, The ACT Foundation will match fund Friends of the Elderly’s grants funding over a five year period, to the value of […]

    29th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Impact of inactivity on muscles more severe for older people

    Impact of inactivity on muscles more severe for older people

    According to a recent study published in The Journal of Physiology, researchers have been able to document for the first time how the same period of inactivity has a greater and more severe impact on the muscle power of the lower limbs of the elderly than young people, which is essential for movements like climbing […]

    5th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Home care provider urges older people to get the flu vaccine this winter

    Home care provider urges older people to get the flu vaccine this winter

    With the weather turning noticeably colder and more autumnal in recent weeks, Tonbridge-based home care provider Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells is urging older people in Kent to protect themselves and their families from the flu virus this winter.    Older people are more susceptible to the effects of flu, a highly infectious disease, which can increase the risk of […]

    17th November 2017 | By | Reply More
    International guidance published on ‘overlooked’ older people with diabetes

    International guidance published on ‘overlooked’ older people with diabetes

    A leading professor has claimed older people with diabetes are being “let down” and “overlooked” by the system – prompting new international guidance outlining a ground-breaking model for how they should be treated. An International Position Statement on the Management of Frailty in Diabetes, which outlines a ground-breaking model for how to manage older people […]

    30th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    ‘Ticking time bomb’ as homelessness rises in the over sixties

    ‘Ticking time bomb’ as homelessness rises in the over sixties

    The nation is facing a “ticking time bomb” in the number of homeless older people after latest figures showed an alarming rise of 130 per cent since its lowest point eight years ago, councils warn today. The Local Government Association says that older homelessness is a growing hidden phenomenon that needs greater understanding.   Latest […]

    13th October 2017 | By | Reply More
    International Day of Older Persons marked by sharing stories on isolation

    International Day of Older Persons marked by sharing stories on isolation

    An army of volunteers across Birmingham are working to bring older people out of isolation. To mark International Day of Older Persons (October 1) volunteers representing Ageing Better in Birmingham have been sharing their stories about tackling the problems of isolation faced by older people.   The National Lottery-funded programme is working to reduce isolation […]

    28th September 2017 | By | Reply More
    1 in 4 elderly who are legally entitled to a free care home place are facing hidden charges on their family

    1 in 4 elderly who are legally entitled to a free care home place are facing hidden charges on their family

    A new report by Age UK reveals another element of unfairness in the UK’s failing social care system, with the families of 1 in 4 care home residents whose care is supposed to be free – representing 1 in 10 of all care home residents – forced to stump up ‘top up fees’ that can […]

    27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
    State-of-the-art retirement wing gets royal seal of approval

    State-of-the-art retirement wing gets royal seal of approval

    A new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art retirement home at Nautilus International’s Wallasey-based, Mariners’ Park Estate, welcomed its first residents last week following its royal unveiling. The £2.7m Seafarers UK Centenary Wing – which includes £1.17m of funding from Seafarers UK – was formally opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex; who is also the President of […]

    28th June 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
    Older people with Type 2 diabetes are being ‘over prescribed’

    Older people with Type 2 diabetes are being ‘over prescribed’

    Older people with Type 2 diabetes are being over treated with certain drugs, according to a recent service evaluation carried out in Leicester.    The findings come as a NHS Digital report recently showed 52 million diabetes prescriptions were issued last year, which is an 81 per cent increase over the past decade.    The […]

    23rd June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

    Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

    Social care providers have blasted the practice of “zero hours commissioning” by local authorities across Wales.   According to Care Forum Wales, the way domiciliary care was procured and the tendering processes that were unfit for purpose meant that zero hours contracts were the only viable option in many cases.     Even so, the […]

    14th June 2017 | By | Reply More
    Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

    Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: Grants available for older people struggling to heat their home

    Today marks Fuel Poverty Awareness Day. National charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.   The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.   Mary, […]

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