- Thursday, 25 October 2012
Retired people should lose some of their pension unless they carry out community work such as caring for the elderly, a peer has stated.
Former benefits chief Lord Bichard said the controversial idea would prevent senior citizens from being a 'burden'.
But furious campaigners have attacked his plans - pointing out that they have already worked for decades to earn their state pension.
Lord Bichard, who lives in Nailsworth, Glos., is a former chief executive of Gloucestershire County Council, who later became a senior civil servant.
- Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Care homes will play an ever-increasing role in supporting older people in the future yet are being held back by a culture of “negativity” and “stigma” felt by both care workers and older people.
At the moment too many care homes lack engagement with their local community and lack support from health services and local authorities says the report.
- Tuesday, 23 October 2012
The IAM is calling for changes to British Summer Time (BST), to give us more daylight hours in the evening.
Bringing the British time zone forward by an hour in both winter and summer, would mean lighter evenings, when crashes are more likely. Figures from the Department for Transport show that changing the daylight hours could prevent about 80 deaths and at least 200 serious injuries on our roads each year. It would also align the hours of daylight to the waking and working hours of the vast majority of the population.
Road casualty rates increase with the arrival of darker evenings. In 2011:
- Friday, 19 October 2012
Kent County Council delayed in investigating how an elderly man came to be seriously injured during an altercation with another resident of his care home. The man died in hospital a few days later. In her report, issued today (19 October 2012), Local Government Ombudsman Anne Seex says that “the Council’s three failures to investigate the incident caused the man’s daughter significant injustice. She had to wait for more than a year for an answer to whether her father’s death could have been prevented. This has caused her significant distress.”
- Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN – The Age and Employment Network, says: “This set of statistics, which relate to the three months to the end of August, is certainly good news with 7.52 million people aged between 50 and 64 in work – a record number.
“However, sadly, much misery remains for the older jobseeker. The increase in the number of people aged 50 and over who have been unemployed for more than a year – up by 23,000 from the previous quarter to 196,000 - and an increase in the claimant count, highlights that this age group is still struggling in the job market - particularly against the invisible hand of age discrimination.
- Tuesday, 16 October 2012
People with disabilities and carers are concerned that wave of positivity will not endure, finds disability charity Vitalise
In the wake of David Cameron’s Conservative Party Conference speech and only five weeks on from the London Paralympics, a new survey of people with disabilities and carers has found that the Paralympic legacy may not be as far-reaching as hoped.
- Monday, 15 October 2012
The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP) announces its new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Malcolm Booth. He replaces Roger Turner, who recently retired after 14 years in the post.
Malcolm has been with the organisation since 2007, initially as the Deputy CEO and Treasurer. Before joining NFOP, Malcolm spent 25 years in the retail arm of Barclays Bank followed by eight years with the Foresters Friendly Society. This prior experience enables him to provide NFOP with a broad knowledge in financial matters, as well as guidance and support to its members.
- Friday, 12 October 2012
We are absolutely thrilled that our article ‘Granny is Dating – Get Over It, By Patricia Vine’ has been shortlisted for a Roses Media Award.
The Roses Awards - are a celebration of the best examples of coverage across all media concerning older people's issues, from news reporting, through to photojournalism and the best portrayals of older people in films or TV drama. They are sponsored by the charity Independent Age and Barchester Healthcare.
- Tuesday, 09 October 2012
One in three Brits has out of date food in their fridge, it has been revealed.
Researchers, who polled 2,019 adults, found millions of us have cheese, jars of curry sauce, yoghurt or eggs which are long past their best.
Others admit to having milk, open tins of beans, fruit and meat that should have been eaten days or even weeks ago.
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