- Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Charity offers vital support this festive season to help alleviate loneliness.
New research commissioned by older people’s Charity Age UK reveals that 450,000 people aged 65 and over are facing Christmas alone this year. In addition 17 per cent (480,000) said that Christmas brought back too many memories of those who had passed away and in total 26 per cent (2.8 million) older people are not looking forward to Christmas this year.
Isolation and loneliness is a huge issue affecting the UK’s ageing population made even harder with cold winter conditions. The research also shows that almost two million people (18 per cent) are worried about not being able to get out and about as much because of shorter, darker days and poor weather conditions.
- Monday, 11 November 2013
Christmas for most people is usually a time of happiness and an opportunity to get together with family and friends. But for some people, the festive season can be distressing as it may remind them of loved ones who have passed away or they won’t see this Christmas.
So, as a friend of someone who has suffered loss, close to Christmas, what should you do? People that have lost a loved one close to Christmas may not even want to think about it or acknowledge the festive season. So what does that mean to close friends who want to support them?
- Monday, 11 November 2013
During this time of remembrance, Psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw is warning that the gap in shared interest and commonality between the young and old is growing further apart, which in turn is adding to the increasing levels of loneliness of the older generations and socialisation issues for the younger generations.
With Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt recently revealing that we have 800,000 ‘chronically lonely’ people in the UK, with a large percentage veterans and pensioners, Dr Shaw is calling for immediate action to be taken within our own families.
- Saturday, 09 November 2013
Britain's longest-serving poppy seller was out in the rain yesterday raising money for the charity for the 75th consecutive year.
Olive Cooke, 91, started selling poppies in 1938 to raise money for her father's legion - he served in Gallipoli during WW1.
The dedicated nonagenarian, whose husband died in WWII, has maintained her hard work, raising thousands for charity over the past eight decades.
- Monday, 04 November 2013
As our population is steadily ageing, we can be sure that there are more grandparents on the planet than ever before. Their role has probably never been more important too: the annual value of childminding by grandparents in the UK alone has been valued at £7.3 billion – and that’s before you take into account the wisdom and knowledge passed on to future generations.
- Thursday, 31 October 2013
More than £300 million available to keep vulnerable Britons warm this winter
Low income households urged to call Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99) at winter launch
One in three UK adults and almost half of 16-24 year olds do not ask for help, as they are not comfortable with others knowing their personal circumstances, according to new research conducted by Home Heat Helpline (0800 33 66 99). Today marks the launch of the Helpline’s winter campaign and the confidential, free advice service is encouraging low-income households to pick up the phone to get assistance.
- Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Middlesex artist leads retired engineers to create renewable energy in central London October 2013 Middlesex University artist Loraine Leeson has spear-headed a project to design the UK’s first low-cost, small-scale turbine suitable for slow moving tidal rivers, using the life experience of retired engineers to inform new developments in technology.
The team was made up of a group of senior men who attend the ‘Geezers Club’ at an AgeUK centre in Bow, east London, in addition to engineer Toby Borland and led by Middlesex art lecturer Loraine Leeson.
- Tuesday, 22 October 2013
With news of yet another round of energy price hikes hitting hard pressed families, some timely advice from the Heating Helpline – its top 10 tips for cutting energy use and they all cost nothing.
22 October 2013 – The last news that hard-pressed families wanted to hear was yet another round of price rises by the Big 6 energy companies which is likely to take the average dual fuel bill to around £1300 a year – a big chunk of household expenditure and likely to push thousands more families into fuel poverty.
- Thursday, 17 October 2013
Have you been incorporating the recommended amount of physical exercise into your week's activities lately?
If not, there’s no reason to feel like you’re the odd-one-out. In fact, according to a study that was published in August, nearly 80% of people in the UK aren’t managing to fit in the recommended amount of exercise.
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