- Friday, 13 December 2013
While millions of families and friends gather together to celebrate Christmas this year, nearly half a million of our oldest citizens will be spending it on their own with just the television for company.
Now campaigners have called upon the public to play a part in making sure that the oldest and most vulnerable members of our society feel included in what can be the loneliest time of the year.
- Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Britain's population could surge to 132 million over the next century thanks to growing life expectancy and high immigration, officials said this week.
People born in 25 years’ time are likely to live five years longer than those born today, according to the forecast by the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS said UK life expectancy for 2012 is 78.7 years for men and 82.4 for women – but in 25 years time this will have climbed to 84 for men and 87.3 for women.
- Friday, 06 December 2013
The Elders are deeply saddened by the death of their founder, Nelson Mandela. They join millions of people around the world who were inspired by his courage and touched by his compassion. All will mourn his passing.
Mandela – or Madiba as he is known in South Africa – called the Elders together in 2007, urging them to be bold, independent and to speak the truth. He told them to be a robust force for good, and to work in the interests of peace for all humanity.
- Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Senior Response, the call centre for the elderly, has today released results of its new survey looking at how 40 to 60 year olds care for their closest elderly relatives and their perceptions regarding loneliness and isolation in the ageing society.
The bespoke research, which surveyed adults in the ‘sandwich generation’, revealed that half (50%) of people contact their relative just once a week and a mere 14% contact them on a daily basis. Yet a staggering 63% of people believe that this minimal contact is adequate.
- Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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- Friday, 29 November 2013
A pensioner was yesterday (Thurs) believed to be the first patient in Britain to be EVICTED from a hospital bed.
Joan Parker has been convalescing in a discharge ward following brain surgery on an injury she suffered from a fall.
Medics say the 82-year-old - also in remission from throat cancer - has been well enough to go home for six months.
But she has remained on the ward because there has been no appropriate sheltered accommodation to transfer the former housing scheme warden to.
- Monday, 25 November 2013
An MSP yesterday (Fri) blasted the NHS after it was revealed a patient spent almost 18 hours waiting on a hospital trolley -- because there were no free beds.
The elderly patient went to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh on Monday last week and ended up stuck on the trolley for 17 hours and 50 minutes - four times longer than the four hour target set.
The sick person was stuck in the acute receiving unit, an emergency department for patients referred by GPs or paramedics.
- Friday, 15 November 2013
The average retiree suffers from an attack of boredom just ten months after giving up work, it has been revealed. Researchers, who carried out a detailed study, found the early stages of retirement are crammed full of a dizzying round of visiting friends and family and getting stuck into new hobbies.
But the retirement glow begins to wane after less than a year when they start to miss daily involvement with work colleagues and begin to find it hard to fill the days.
- Thursday, 14 November 2013
The rapidly-growing 50+ Show, which is already held each year in London, Manchester and Glasgow, is about to take place for the first time in Birmingham, at the NEC's Hall 3a, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December 2013, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The 50+ Show is the largest exhibition in the UK specifically for the active over 50s, and each show features free registration and entry to the show.
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- Birmingham's 50 Plus Show
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- Some useful tips to cope with loss at Christmas time
- Remembering with intergrity
- Poppy Idol
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- 60% of British people unwilling to seek help when they need it, according to new research
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