Tag: Age UK

Only 51% of health professionals regard malnutrition as a priority

Only 51% of health professionals regard malnutrition as a priority

New research by the Malnutrition Taskforce reveals that only half (51 per cent) of health professionals thought malnutrition was a priority in their organisations. Only 47 per cent also felt confident that their knowledge and skills were sufficient  to help people most at risk.[i] The survey ‘Experiences of Patient Malnutrition’ by Dods Research also shows […]

10th February 2016 | By | Reply More
Councils warn that loneliness is ‘a major public health concern’

Councils warn that loneliness is ‘a major public health concern’

Councils are warning that loneliness needs to be recognised as a major public health concern, with fears it could pile further strain on local services, unless action is taken. There is thought to be more than one million people aged over 65 who are lonely – around 10-13% of older people. In addition to the […]

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Almost 12,500 blind and partially sighted older people casualties of social care crisis

Almost 12,500 blind and partially sighted older people casualties of social care crisis

Thousands of blind and partially sighted older people are not receiving any social care support, becoming the latest casualties of the social care crisis, according to Charities Age UK and RNIB.    In the four financial years between 2008/2009[i] and 2012/2013[ii], there was a 36.5% reduction in social care services to older people with visual […]

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‘No one Should Have No one’ as care communities open their doors to older people alone this Christmas

‘No one Should Have No one’ as care communities open their doors to older people alone this Christmas

  Inspired by the powerful message from Age UK which says ‘No one Should Have No one’ this Christmas, Sunrise and Gracewell are reaching out to older people in their local areas who previously had no one to spend Christmas with, and inviting them for lunch on 25th December.   Sunrise and Gracewell have communities […]

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Care home’s festive spirit raises more than £500 for Age UK

Care home’s festive spirit raises more than £500 for Age UK

A Salisbury care home’s Christmas market raised more than £500 towards its residents’ nominated charity, Age UK.   The free-to-enter event at Braemar Lodge in Stratford Road featured traders’ stalls selling gift ideas plus decorations and other items handmade by residents.   Visitors were welcomed with roast chestnuts and marshmallows and enjoyed finger buffet food […]

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Care providers and associated bodies discuss George Osborne’s Spending Review-Good or Bad?

Care providers and associated bodies discuss George Osborne’s Spending Review-Good or Bad?

Some social care providers have expressed dismay at George Osborne’s missed opportunity to rescue social care in last week’s Spending Review. Mike Padgham, Chair of the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire), said years of cutbacks allied to huge extra costs facing care providers had pushed the sector to the edge of the abyss. Mr Padgham fears the 2% increase […]

30th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Make Christmas Magical campaign launched

Make Christmas Magical campaign launched

Launching its ‘Make Christmas Magical’ campaign, not-for-profit care services provider CLS is opening its doors this festive season and inviting older people to take advantage of its activity days and daycare services, or even just to drop by for a mince pie and a chat.   Statistics published by the charity Age UK reveal that […]

27th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system

Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system

Age UK makes its final appeal to Government in run-up to Spending Review with petition to save the ailing social care system   Today campaigners from Age UK will hand in a petition of over 50,000 signatures to Downing Street in a call for Government to put an end to its catastrophic cuts to adult […]

23rd November 2015 | By | Reply More
Smoking can age the brain faster-research says

Smoking can age the brain faster-research says

Giving up smoking could help reverse the harmful effects it has on the brain, according to recent research from the Disconnected Mind study at University of Edinburgh, funded by Age UK. The study gathered health data and analysed MRI scans of 244 males and 260 females with an average age of 73. Scientists found that […]

18th November 2015 | By | Reply More
46,000 older people have been stripped of ‘Meals on Wheels’ in last three years

46,000 older people have been stripped of ‘Meals on Wheels’ in last three years

More than 46,000 older people have been stripped of their ‘Meals on Wheels’ service in the past three years, according to The Malnutrition Task Force[i]. The findings, released to mark Meals on Wheels Week, show that in just three years spending on ‘Meals on Wheels’ for older people aged 65 and over has fallen by […]

13th November 2015 | By | Reply More
People struggling at home are being left to fend for themselves as public services disintegrate – says new Age UK report

People struggling at home are being left to fend for themselves as public services disintegrate – says new Age UK report

Too many older people who are struggling at home are being left to make do and forced back on their own resources, as the public services on which they rely are increasingly being scaled back or withdrawn, according to Age UK. The Charity is calling on the Government to invest in the local services that […]

11th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Abbeyfield Kent discusses loneliness epidemic following John Lewis Christmas advert

Abbeyfield Kent discusses loneliness epidemic following John Lewis Christmas advert

Every year, the John Lewis Christmas advert is one of the most highly anticipated dates on the festive calendar, but with such a grave message behind this year’s offering, John Lewis and Age UK are calling for your support on a crucial issue.   The advert marks the start of the Christmas season for many […]

10th November 2015 | By | Reply More
Age UK calls for Government’s Spending Review to invest an extra £1 in social care

Age UK calls for Government’s Spending Review to invest an extra £1 in social care

New analysis by Age UK reveals that Government investment of an additional sum equivalent to less than four per cent of the annual NHS budget of £112bn per annum[i] would address the unmet care needs of the million plus aged 65+ who are currently struggling to cope on their own – and help sustain the […]

10th September 2015 | By | Reply More
PrimeLife works with Age UK Training to roll out dementia focused training course

PrimeLife works with Age UK Training to roll out dementia focused training course

Leading care home group, PrimeLife Ltd, is trialling a new dementia focused training course in several of its UK care homes.   Working with Age UK Training, the training arm of the UK’s leading charity for older people, it will be carried out at three of PrimeLife’s care homes including Peaker Park in Leicestershire, Westerlands […]

24th August 2015 | By | Reply More
Professional new care at home service launched in Tyneside

Professional new care at home service launched in Tyneside

A professional new care at home service has been launched in Tyneside. Age UK North Tyneside is announcing the launch of EveryDay – the new name of its professional independent care at home company – an enterprise which is committed to helping people keep their independence and stay at home for longer. EveryDay will offer […]

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New research shows that using the word ‘frailty’ could be stopping older people accessing vital services

New research shows that using the word ‘frailty’ could be stopping older people accessing vital services

“Don’t call me frail!” – New research shows that using the word ‘frailty’ could be stopping older people accessing vital services. According to new research commissioned by Age UK and the British Geriatrics Society, using the medical term ‘frailty’ can provoke a strongly negative reaction from older people, because of its associations with loss of […]

22nd July 2015 | By | Reply More
We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

We cannot ignore the fact that Adult Social Care services are facing a £4.3 billion funding gap within this decade

LGA RESPONDS TO THE AGE UK REPORT SAYING OVER A MILLION OLDER PEOPLE ARE STRUGGLING TO COPE AT HOME WITH ZERO CARE   Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “This report highlights the LGA’s very real concerns around decreasing funding for the basic services elderly people have come […]

6th July 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
Nearly 2.5 million bed days lost in five years as older people wait too long for essential social care

Nearly 2.5 million bed days lost in five years as older people wait too long for essential social care

Nearly 2.5 million bed days lost in five years as older people wait too long for essential social care New figures from Age UK show an escalating social care crisis in England with 2,431,120 bed days[i],[ii] lost to the NHS between June 2010 and March 2015 as people wait too long for vital social care. […]

17th June 2015 | By | Reply More
Older people with multiple health conditions to benefit as pioneering integrated care scheme is expanded through new partnerships across England

Older people with multiple health conditions to benefit as pioneering integrated care scheme is expanded through new partnerships across England

An award-winning integrated care scheme in Cornwall which has helped cut unplanned hospital admissions amongst older people by almost half* is being rolled out across England in a bid to ease pressure on health and care services. The Age UK integrated care programme, developed together with the Living Well programme in Cornwall and the Isles of […]

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