This week we have a guest blog from Marianne Siddorn at the Campaign to End Loneliness. Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness have launched a new report on how to tackle this important issue.
The devastating impact loneliness can have on our mental and physical health makes it an issue we simply cannot ignore. For a growing number of older people, loneliness defines and shatters their lives.
But loneliness is also a deeply personal experience – a problem with different causes and consequences for every one of us. This is what makes addressing loneliness so complex. And despite a wide and growing recognition of the substantial public health implications of loneliness and the urgent need to take action, there is a significant knowledge gap among funders and commissioners about what really works in addressing it.
Promising approaches to reducing loneliness and isolation in later life, a report produced jointly by Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness, seeks to fill that knowledge gap and to offer some practical answers to that big question, what works in tackling loneliness? Continue reading
January 26, 2015 in Health, Health and Wellbeing, Home and Care, Public Policy, Volunteering
Tagged #PromisingApproaches, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Campaign to End Loneliness, Health, Health & wellbeing, loneliness, loneliness and isolation, loneliness older people, older people
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April 2015 will represent a landmark day for pensions, with an end to the requirement to use a pensions ‘pot’ to buy an annuity. For better or for worse, people at point of retirement will hold their own futures in their hands, with decisions taken at this time having implications that can be felt for many years to come.
Age UK has welcomed greater flexibility, but it’s clear that the rapid speed of change has led to significant challenges ahead for the government and the industry, as well as – most importantly – ordinary pension savers.
Age UK recently published an independently-written report, Dashboards and Jam-jars, which looked at some of the main issues facing people with average-sized pension pots. It highlighted some of the main problems that could arise – for example paying too much tax or running out of money – and suggests what can be done to mitigate these. Continue reading
Posted in Income, Money Matters, Pensions, Pensions Policy Institute
Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, changes to pensions Age UK, Dashboards and Jam Jars Age UK report, Defined Contribution pension savings, older people, pension reforms, Pension Wise
This week we have a blog from the Malnutrition Task Force
When you mention the word ‘malnutrition,’ many assume it is something that only happens in other countries and has been consigned to the history books in the UK.
Yet this is far from the truth.
Figures from BAPEN show 3 million people in the UK are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition and that a high number of these, around 1.3 million, are over the age of 65.
To combat this issue, the Malnutrition Task Force has bought together professionals from across health, social care and local government to work alongside charities, older people and carers to pilot a new approach.
The Malnutrition Prevention Programme sees whole communities – including local NHS trusts, hospitals, GP practices, care homes and community groups – coming together to tackle the condition. Our aim is to significantly reduce the number of people aged 65 and over in different areas across the country who are malnourished. Continue reading
Posted in Health, Health and Wellbeing, Malnutrition Task Force
Tagged @MalnutritionTF, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Health & wellbeing, malnutrition older people, Malnutrition Prevention Programme, Malnutrition Task Force, older people