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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, […]

February 17, 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 […]

January 30, 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 […]

December 22, 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 […]

December 20, 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 […]

November 23, 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 […]

November 17, 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 […]

November 9, 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 […]

October 26, 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 […]

October 7, 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 […]

October 1, 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 […]

September 6, 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 […]

August 10, 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 […]

July 21, 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 […]

July 14, 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 […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Older person wanted to participate in charity skydive

Older person wanted to participate in charity skydive

Home Care Preferred is organising a charity skydive and is looking to recruit an older person to participate, preferably 70 years of age or above.  It will be a tandem jump, which means the person will be attached to a fully qualified skydiver who will take care of the logistics. It will be taking place […]

May 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Good things come in Small Packages

Good things come in Small Packages

For a Buckinghamshire pensioner, small is beautiful, especially when it applies to her loo!   The installation of her Clos-o-Mat Palma Vita wash and dry toilet has, she says, been a Red Letter Day that has changed her life for the better.   To put it in context, Claire Evans worked until she was in […]

April 18, 2016 | By | Reply More
CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

CQC’s approach to fees is damaging good care

Following the Care Quality Commission’s announcement that an increase in the fees charged to care providers the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) has strongly opposed this measure.   VODG chief executive, Professor Rhidian Hughes said:   “Alongside CQC’s strategy consultation this latest announcement does little to strengthen the regulator’s commitment to efficiency and cost control. The sector […]

March 30, 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 […]

March 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Surfs Up – Big Lottery funding helps older people get online

Surfs Up – Big Lottery funding helps older people get online

In a landscape where social isolation is common and financial pressure amongst older people on fixed incomes is increasing, Hanover Housing Association has been exploring different ways of encouraging its residents to enjoy the benefits of going online.   According to the ONS, 67 per cent of over-55s regularly use the internet, with the figure […]

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