Age Uk campaigners deliver ‘dont cut care’ petition signatures to Chancellor of exchequers office, no 11 Downing street, London
This post was contributed by Angela Kitching, joint Head of Public Affairs, at Age UK.
‘A spending review for pensioners’ seems to be the reaction of many in the twittersphere, following George Osborne’s statement. Certainly, the Government’s ongoing commitment to the triple lock, up rating pensions by earnings, prices or 2.5%, is very welcome ongoing commitment. A decent state pension is vital to many older people who rely on the state as their sole source of income in later life and it sets a foundation for a decent retirement income.
But if we restrict our view to incomes alone, we are missing the bigger picture. Older people, as any council funding chief or hospital manager will tell you, are significant users of public services. Adult social care budgets are under enormous pressure as it stands. Over 1 million people aged over-65 do not receive the social care support they need and are coping with no help. These needs include help with basic activities such as going to the toilet or getting dressed. Continue reading
Posted in Autumn Statement, Economy, Government, Public Policy, Spending Review
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This week is ‘Meals on Wheels Week’
This post was contributed by Dianne Jeffery, chair of the Malnutrition Task Force and Chairman of Age UK.
This week is Meals on Wheels Week, a great initiative that brings the care sector together to raise awareness about the importance of Meals on Wheels services.
No one should doubt the importance of Meals on Wheels. Since 1943, the year of its introduction, the service has always played an integral role in the care of the elderly and most vulnerable in society.
By delivering straight to someone’s door, it is vital in helping those who are unable to purchase or prepare their own hot meal and can be a real social boon for those who struggle to get out. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Health and Wellbeing, Local government, Malnutrition Task Force
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This week we have a guest blog from Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, on women and dementia.
Dementia is one of those illnesses that we don’t really like to talk about do we? It’s associated with ageing and while we know that we have an ageing society all the images around us are rather in denial preferring to promote youthful beauty. But it’s also a gender issue because women are more likely than men to be affected.
That is why I am pleased to be speaking at Age UK’s For Later Life conference on this issue in November. In fact I was shocked to learn when researching the subject that dementia is now the biggest cause of death for women in the UK. Women over 60 are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer. So it would seem reasonable to expect that research in this area would be focussing more heavily on women. But this is not so. Continue reading
Posted in Conferences, Dementia, Health, Health and Wellbeing
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