- Thursday, 21 November 2013
With headlines highlighting the current retirement housing shortage in the UK, I recently met up with broadcaster and journalist, Esther Rantzen CBE, at the launch of The Campaign for Housing in Later Life to discover why she downsized, what she sees as the key issues and why she has chosen to support the campaign.
Said Esther: “I’m 73 years old and I downsized two years ago. There’s a lot of mythology about downsizing. People say ‘poor little old ladies like me’ are being forced out of family homes to live in cramped accommodation against our will. I disagree!
- Thursday, 21 November 2013
THE SILVER LINE 0800 4 70 80 90
“We will give you advice if you need it; we will give you friendship if you want it, and we will protect you from abuse and neglect”
The Silver Line Helpline is launching across the UK on MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER for every older person who needs information, friendship, advice and protection from abuse or neglect. It is the only free, confidential, 24 hour service for older people and as well as the helpline, trained volunteers will become Silver Line Friends providing regular friendship calls. Silver Line Scotland will be delivered by Age Scotland, answering calls from 8am - 8pm on weekdays, in partnership with The Silver Line.
- Thursday, 31 October 2013
National organisations team up to advise public on energy scam
A WALES-wide call for the public to on their guard with cold callers who claim to be ‘Green Deal assessors’ is being made today.
It follows reports from across the country of being people ripped off on their doorsteps by bogus Green Deal assessors.
- Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Say the word ‘bullying’ and it’s usually children in the playground that comes to mind but Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr Lynda Shaw warns there is an epidemic of bullying of the over 50’s which is being kept under silent wraps.
With November known as anti-bullying month in the UK, Shaw points out that the bullying of elder adults is not limited to younger people targeting those who are older; there are often senior to senior offences.
The widely accepted figure of between 10-20% of elderly people have experienced bullying from other members in their communities, whether it be verbal intimidation or an escalation to physical abuse, may be just a splash in the ocean according to Dr Shaw.
- Monday, 21 October 2013
Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of Keep Me Posted campaign comments on Get Safe Online Week:
"Get Safe Online Week is a valiant effort to educate computer users on how to protect themselves against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered while operating online.
"With 56% of Brits having been targeted by cyber criminals with an average loss of £247, it is clear that this is a common problem even for savvy surfers.
- Thursday, 03 October 2013
New research from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) reveals 33% of all older people experience perceived age discrimination, with less wealthy older men being at highest risk.
‘Perceived age discrimination in older adults’ highlights the high levels of age discrimination faced by older people, a situation that worsens as they age. 26.6% of people aged between 52 and 59 reported age discrimination, a figure which rose to 37.2% for adults aged between 70 and 79.
- Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Today 1st October, UK Older People’s Day and the the UN International Day of Older Persons, TAEN – The Age and Employment Network has launched a petition against the “endemic ageism” experienced by older job seekers.
Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN said:
“Despite the law officially banning age discrimination, it is a common experience for older job applicants to be rejected for jobs, not because of their abilities or qualifications to do the job but because they are seen as ‘too old’ by recruiters and employers. This is hugely damaging for many people in their fifties and sixties who do not get the chance to do jobs they know they can do, simply because the odds are stacked unfairly against them. If the jobs market were a playing field, most older job seekers would be playing on the side of a mountain.”
- Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Prince Charles has delivered an emotional plea to save the increasing number of over-50s cast aside from jobs because of their age.
In an impassioned speech he said that there were an estimated 425,000 middle-aged men and women currently unemployed in Britain suffering from a “lack of value”.
But the heir to the throne said he a charity, he set up, aimed to help mature workers who are out of a job or facing the threat of redundancy to start their own business.
- Wednesday, 28 August 2013
A new study by Age UK has found that older workers are as productive as their younger counterparts.
The work carried out by Essex Business School, University of Essex on behalf of the charity investigated the evidence behind common perceptions about older workers.
It found that there was little evidence to back up disparaging but engrained stereotypes of older workers when it comes to productivity, health, commitment and flexibility.
- Dr. Lynda Shaw comments on the proposed Neighbourhood Watch Care Schemes
- People hire for acceptability not capability
- Are we facing an ageism epidemic in the workplace?
- enei comment on ONS stats on over 65 workers
- Over 50s seeking work still come up against ageism and misconceptions
- Age UK’s Response to number of over 65s in work passing 1 million.
- Number of 65+ workers reaches 1 million
- An age-old dispute
- Ageing Britain - Call for Minister for Older People