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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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Tailor-made technology: systems and support in social care

TweetJulie Heightley was so worried about her son Thomas suffering an epileptic fit at night that for two years she slept on a camp bed outside his room. The broken sleep and constant supervision of Thomas, who has autism and … 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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12 days of Christmas, Social Issue-style

TweetSeason’s greetings from The Social Issue – to mark the jollities, here’s a snapshot of some of the upbeat posts and pictures about people, projects and places featured over the last 12 months. This festive pick is by no means … Continue reading

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More recognition for the role of carers

TweetJanet Down only realised she was a full-time carer for her disabled husband when she fell ill a few years ago and could not look after him. Suffering back pain from lifting and depression from coping unsupported, her inability to … Continue reading

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