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Should Older Adults Downsize or Modify Their Home? A Financial Perspective

As we age, our living situations often need to adapt to our changing needs. One common dilemma older adults face is whether to downsize to a smaller home or invest in modifications to make their current home more age-appropriate. Both options come with financial implications that deserve careful consideration. Let’s explore the financial aspects of […]

Navigating Love’s Landscape: Challenges of Sustaining Romantic Relationships in Later Years

Love, a timeless emotion, is often perceived as ageless. However, as we journey through life, the dynamics of romantic relationships evolve, presenting unique challenges, particularly in our later years. While Hollywood often portrays love as a youthful pursuit, the reality is that sustaining romance in later stages of life requires navigating through a terrain of […]

Shifting Perspectives: How Our Definition of Old Age Is Evolving

In the tapestry of human existence, our perception of age has long been woven into the fabric of society, influencing everything from personal aspirations to social policies. Yet, as time marches forward, so too do our perspectives on what it means to grow old. Recent research in the publication “Psychology and Aging” sheds light on […]

Protecting older people: Tackling financial fraud amidst rising concerns

Financial fraud has become an increasingly pervasive issue, with recent events in the UK shedding light on the severity of the problem. This week’s arrests serve as a stark reminder of the threats lurking in the shadows of our digital and physical worlds. Among those most vulnerable to these scams are older adults, who often […]

Embracing Change: How the flexible working legislation announced on 6 April 2024 could benefit older workers

In an era marked by dynamic shifts in workplace culture and structure, the United Kingdom is taking significant strides towards empowering its workforce through flexible working legislation that came into force on 6 April 2024. While this initiative holds promise for professionals of all ages, it particularly shines a spotlight on the benefits it offers […]

Funeral Poverty in the UK: When Grief Meets Financial Strain

Death is an inevitable part of life, yet the financial burden it brings often goes unspoken. In the United Kingdom (UK), the rising costs of funerals have led to a stark reality: funeral poverty. This poignant issue affects individuals and families who find themselves unable to afford the expenses associated with saying goodbye to their […]

Nurturing Independence: Understanding the Impact of Residential Environment on Older People

As individuals age, maintaining independence becomes a significant priority. For many older adults, the ability to live autonomously is deeply intertwined with their quality of life and sense of well-being. However, this independence can be influenced by various factors, with one of the most critical being the residential environment they inhabit. The impact of where […]

Embracing Ageless Style: The Enduring Legacy of Iris Apfel

In a world where youth often takes centre stage in fashion and beauty, it’s crucial to remember that style knows no age. The recent passing of fashion icon Iris Apfel serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of expressing oneself through clothing, hair, makeup, and personal style, regardless of age. Apfel, known for her […]

Older Job Seekers in the UK

In the dynamic landscape of the modern job market, older individuals in the UK often find themselves facing unique challenges when seeking paid employment. Despite their wealth of experience and valuable skills, older job seekers encounter various obstacles that can hinder their efforts to secure meaningful employment. This blog explores the difficulties faced by older […]

Older Individuals in Rented Accommodation in the UK

In an era where housing affordability and accessibility are growing concerns, the challenges faced by older individuals in rented accommodation in the UK are gaining increased attention. As the population ages, a significant portion finds themselves navigating the complexities of rented housing, a task that comes with its own set of hurdles. In this blog, […]

Navigating Challenges: The Difficulties Older People in the UK Encounter When Accessing Services

In the rapidly evolving landscape of service provision, older individuals in the United Kingdom often find themselves facing a myriad of challenges when attempting to access essential services. From healthcare to technology, the difficulties encountered by older people are multifaceted and impact their overall well-being. This blog aims to shed light on the various obstacles […]

A Guide to Educating Older Adults about Online Scams

In an era where technology is seamlessly integrated into our daily lives, online scams have become a prevalent threat, especially for older individuals who may be less familiar with the digital landscape. As we strive to protect our loved ones, it is crucial to empower older adults with the knowledge and skills to navigate the […]

The Silent Struggle: Understanding the Growing Fear of Ageing Among Older People in the UK

In the United Kingdom, a subtle but palpable shift is taking place in the minds of the elderly population. Ageing, once considered a natural and inevitable part of life, is now increasingly met with fear and apprehension. This shift in perspective has raised important questions about the factors contributing to this fear and its implications […]

The Digital Dilemma: How Rising Broadband Costs Are Impacting Older Generations in the UK

In an increasingly interconnected world, access to the internet has become a lifeline for individuals of all ages. However, a concerning trend is emerging in the United Kingdom, where older people are cancelling their broadband services due to rising costs. This decision is not merely an inconvenience; it has far-reaching consequences, affecting their ability to […]

Rising Mortality Rates: Unravelling the Surge in Older People’s Deaths in the UK this January

As we move more into the new year, an alarming trend has emerged in the United Kingdom, sending shockwaves through communities and healthcare systems alike. The month of January has witnessed a notable increase in the number of deaths among older individuals. In this blog post, we aim to delve into the factors contributing to […]

How our spirituality can change as we age..

Navigating the Unspoken: The Challenge of Discussing Spiritual Shifts as We Age As the sands of time sift through the hourglass of our lives, it is inevitable that our perspectives and beliefs evolve. One aspect of our personal journey that often undergoes significant transformation is spirituality. Yet, despite the profound impact it can have on […]

Is writing a will on your “to-do” list?

Some people feel that they don’t need to make a Will – perhaps they think they’re too young, or that they don’t have much to leave after they’re gone. Others have it on their to-do list, and think they’ll get around to it at some stage. Some people feel daunted by the process and don’t […]

Caring for someone you love at the end of their life is never easy…

..so we have partnered with the wonderful Anne Robson Trust to learn how we can best support our loved ones. This wonderful organisation supports people and their supporters in the final days of their life. We wanted to know – what should we say to them? How do we ensure the rest of the family […]

Understanding and addressing loneliness among older adults over Christmas

The festive season, a time synonymous with warmth, joy, and togetherness, can often be a poignant reminder of solitude for many older individuals. While this time of year is associated with gatherings, festivities, and family reunions, the reality for some older adults can be quite different. The joyous atmosphere can magnify feelings of isolation and […]

The Centre for Better Ageing: The State of Ageing Report 2023

The incredible team at The Centre for Better Ageing have once again produced an outstanding report that tracks the health, wellbeing and fortunes of older people in the UK. And it makes for some pretty stark reading. Our key takeaways were as follows: Health inequalities are linked to wealth inequalities. If you come from a […]

National Advocacy Awareness Week 2023!

Welcome to National Advocacy Awareness Week 2023 where the theme this year is “What is Advocacy?” For us the question is a simple one to answer. We have lost count of the number of times we have heard of older people having their views discounted in: health and social care settings; retail outlets; financial institutions; […]

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and how it can affect older adults

What is Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and why does it matter to older people? Well the simple fact is that is: Incurable Debilitating Painful Stressful Different for everyone Difficult to diagnose And therefore can often by missed by older people as simply a “sign of ageing”. So here is what we all need to […]

Paranoia in older adults

Let’s talk about something important today – paranoia in older adults. It’s a topic that doesn’t get enough attention, but it’s essential to raise awareness and offer support. As we age, our minds and bodies go through significant changes, and sometimes, this can lead to feelings of paranoia. Paranoia in older adults can be caused […]

Alan’s leukaemia story

It started with a persistent sore throat. I thought it would be OK by the time I would be going skiing in 10 days, but it was no better. On my return, I went to see my GP on a Monday morning. My GP insisted it was “a very mild infection.” I explained I was […]

Why banks must offer alternatives if they are going to close local branches

David’s story Gemma cares deeply for her dad David, who is a vibrant and active man, living independently in a rural setting in his eighties. Gemma wants to help make David’s life as easy as possible for him, so for a long time she has been encouraging David to start using his computer and his […]

Technology and older workers

Here on this page we have been talking for some time about the rise in numbers of older people staying in work and what this means for their lives and for the policies and procedures for employers. And it is great to see that others are also interested in this vital area. HR Magazine have […]

Make sure you understand what a DNR notice is!

We heard the most troubling story this week about an elderly woman living alone in her nineties, who was being pressed by her GP to agree to a DNR! (In case you don’t know a DNR is a Do Not Resuscitate order, should a person suffer a cardiac arrest). The story was told by the […]

Any bright ideas on better ageing?

Did you know that the UK’s International Longevity Centre is planning a conference on the Future of Ageing. At this event they want to discuss ideas and inspiration to help us all adapt to our ageing population! Their ideas include:   ❓Enhancing our contribution to society.   ❓Improving health care.   ❓Building stronger communities.   […]

Take early action on hearing loss!

We’ve all seen the stereotype of the older person becoming hard of hearing. But the reality is that if someone you know – or you – find yourself asking pardon all the time, there may be a case of age-related hearing loss.    It’s really not a good idea to put off addressing any loss […]

Let’s all get moving with SportsWorks!

We are absolutely delighted to announce a partnership with SportWorks Ltd . SportsWorks do wonderful work to ensure that everyone, no matter their circumstances, can get moving, get healthy and get happy! And we are all for it! Here is what they are all about – in SportsWork’s own words! SportWorks supports over 600 community […]

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