Category Archives: Older people

Ageing and art: tackling isolation among older people

TweetOne in six of us – that’s 10 million people in the UK – are over 65 years old. By 2050, this number will have nearly doubled to around 19 million, or one in four, according to government figures. In … Continue reading

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Seeing dementia through a different lens

TweetI was entranced by some of Cathy Greenblat’s photographs of people with Alzheimer’s, which I came across when researching a recent piece about dementia. Dementia is a major global challenge – health experts describe it as the next global pandemic. … Continue reading

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We need to prepare for the next global pandemic

TweetIt is a disease one in three of us will develop – 135 million people will have it by 2050 and its worldwide health and social-care cost in 2010 was estimated at £400bn…yet no one is ready for the worldwide … Continue reading

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Older people power: society and product design need to wise up

TweetSociety often fails to realise that people aged 65 and over currently represent a sixth of the UK population responsible for £120 billion worth of spending power a year – over 18% of total spending in the UK. And the … Continue reading

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An invisible population: older people with autism

TweetTimothy Baron was among the first children in the UK to be diagnosed with autism just over 50 years ago. Timothy was in need of specialist education but autistic children then had no right to schooling, so his father, Michael, … Continue reading

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Older, wiser..and off the radar?

TweetHow old does a woman have to be to be categorized as “older”? 50? 70? And if we push females deemed to be “older women”, in “late adulthood” or in “advanced years” into the same group, what common concerns do … Continue reading

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Why I always had time for George: older people and mental health

TweetI’m walking across the grounds of the psychiatric hospital on a very wet winter evening and a patient, let’s call him George, steps out from behind a bush to talk to me. He needs to tell me something that he … Continue reading

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Sticking plasters, surgery and spending reviews

TweetA damp squib of a sticking plaster, or what health secretary Andrew Lansley has said is the “most comprehensive overhaul [of social care] since 1948” and an end to the care lottery? Most early reaction to today’s long awaited care … Continue reading

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Storytelling in senility: revealing dynamic personalities beneath the dementia

TweetOne of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t take down more of my mother’s stories before her slide into dementia accelerated. I would have liked to know more about her brief engagement to a Vietnamese diplomat, or the time … Continue reading

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The truth about rough sleeping

Tweet The Truth About Stanley trailer from www.thetruthaboutstanley.com on Vimeo. Think homelessness and film and you can’t fail but think of Cathy Come Home. While the social action that followed Ken Loach’s cinematic call to arms was a one-off, the … Continue reading

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