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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, […]

17th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Abbeyfield Scotland expands in Aberdeen with Dandara

Abbeyfield Scotland expands in Aberdeen with Dandara

Abbeyfield Scotland, the charity which provides support for older people, is introducing an innovative initiative that will expand its operations in Aberdeen through a seven-figure property investment with developer Dandara, coupled with the launch of a new tailored service and support programme designed to meet the individual needs of people in the community who are […]

30th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Vulnerable older people explore individual and community identity through creative arts

Vulnerable older people explore individual and community identity through creative arts

Since November and through to March next year award-winning charity Create is delivering a multi-artform project with older people at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in North London. Create’s creativity:revealed programme, carefully designed to meet the participants’ needs, is bringing together residents of Otto Schiff and Rela Goldhill home, Selig Court independent living […]

22nd December 2016 | By | Reply More
Christmas activities taking place across UK so older people don’t have to be alone if they don’t want to be

Christmas activities taking place across UK so older people don’t have to be alone if they don’t want to be

If you are an older person or you know an older person facing Christmas Day alone, national charity Friends of the Elderly could help. Working in partnership with Community Christmas, the charity is encouraging older people facing the festive season alone to find out what activities are happening in their local area.   So far, 550 […]

20th December 2016 | By | Reply More
Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people says Age UK

Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people says Age UK

No additional investment in social care is a disaster for older people Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: “The Government’s failure to provide any respite for our beleaguered social care system in the Autumn Statement spells deepening misery for many older people.”   ‎”It means current trends are certain to continue: more older […]

23rd November 2016 | By | Reply More
Legendary Edinburgh war veteran single-handedly raises over £157,000 for Sick Kids Friends Foundation

Legendary Edinburgh war veteran single-handedly raises over £157,000 for Sick Kids Friends Foundation

A legendary Edinburgh war veteran, who has single-handedly raised over £157,000 for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, saw the thankful charity race to his aid after it learned he had a plight of his own.   Tom Gilzean, 96, is well known for braving all weathers in his trademark tartan trousers to fundraise seven days […]

17th November 2016 | By | Reply More
Friends of the Elderly to work with Community Christmas to reduce loneliness in older people

Friends of the Elderly to work with Community Christmas to reduce loneliness in older people

National charity Friends of the Elderly is calling on people to organise Christmas Day activities, so no older person will be alone unless they want to be. As official partners of Community Christmas, the charity hopes that more people than ever before will get involved in 2016.   Last year, 370 activities were known to […]

9th November 2016 | By | Reply More
Urgent action required now to properly fund care for older people

Urgent action required now to properly fund care for older people

In response to the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England 2015/16, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: “The figures published today lay bare the devastating impact of spending cuts on care services for older people. Overall, we see spending on care services for people over 65 reduced […]

26th October 2016 | By | Reply More
Maritime care home celebrates residents on Older People’s Day

Maritime care home celebrates residents on Older People’s Day

A local maritime care home in Banstead, Surrey, celebrated the contributions and sacrifices its residents have made to the UK in their seafaring backgrounds to mark national Older People’s Day.   The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society has provided nursing care and accommodation to support elderly, sick or disabled seafarers, their widows and dependants, for more […]

7th October 2016 | By | Reply More
Charity baker Evelyn still raising funds with support from her homecare provider

Charity baker Evelyn still raising funds with support from her homecare provider

Today is Older People’s Day and one pensioner who hasn’t let her age and disabilities get in the way is keen crafter and baker Evelyn Parsons, who’s raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years. Older People’s Day, on October 1, celebrates the skills and achievements of older people, and to acknowledge the contribution they […]

1st October 2016 | By | Reply More
Husband and wife leap into action to protect the coast

Husband and wife leap into action to protect the coast

A husband and wife at a Bield retirement housing development in Fife have donned their life jackets to help ensure the safety of the local community, including wildlife, by volunteering with their local Coastwatch. John Kinsman and his wife, Ann – who married at the development four years ago after a leap day proposal from […]

6th September 2016 | By | Reply More
Chat Mats: A simple way everyone can help to end loneliness

Chat Mats: A simple way everyone can help to end loneliness

          Have you ever sat in a coffee shop and struck up a conversation with someone on the next table? In a world where people check their mobile phones an average of 85 times a day[1], and spend more than eight hours a day on an electronic device[2], the more traditional […]

10th August 2016 | By | Reply More
Luton over 70’s invited to take part in ground-breaking research involving exercise and nutrition

Luton over 70’s invited to take part in ground-breaking research involving exercise and nutrition

A health drive to get older people from Bedfordshire to become more active is being launched as part of a Europe-wide study.   Men and women aged 70 years and over from the area are being invited to take part in ground-breaking research involving exercise and nutrition.   The aim is to find the best […]

21st July 2016 | By | Reply More
Older people’s charity reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health

Older people’s charity reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health

In reaction to the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:   “Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health cannot simply lead to business as usual.  His urgent priority must be to tackle the underfunding of our National […]

14th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Older people denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration across local systems

Older people denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration across local systems

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England. In its report, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, it warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, substantial progress is needed to better support people who use a […]

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