The Department for Transport (DfT) has just released its much anticipated Accessibility Action Plan (AAP), now open to public consultation. The Plan covers bus, trains, airports, taxis and driving, as well as scooters, cycling and walking, and is partly a response to a House of Lord select committee report on the Equality Act 2010. This found many types of transport fail to meet the basic needs of disabled people despite pre-existing regulations and guidance. Continue reading
Posted in Communities and inclusion, Government, Public Policy, Transport
Tagged Accessibility Action Plan, Accessibility Action Plan consultation, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing society, Campaign for Better Transport, older people, transport older people
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The future funding of supported housing was one of the key issues affecting older people that was put on hold during the General Election. The Government proposes to cap housing benefit (Local Housing Allowance) for sheltered and other types of supported accommodation – which could potentially harm vulnerable older people with a loss of services and the eventual closure of some schemes. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Housing, Public Policy
Tagged affordable housing older people, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, funding of supported housing, housing benefit cap older people, older people, sheltered housing, sheltered housing Age UK, Supported and sheltered housing
This week we have a guest post from Dr Ian Maidment from Aston University about managing medication in later life.
Older people frequently take many different medicines prescribed both by hospital doctors and their GP. Whilst the medicines may effectively manage various chronic illnesses, many older people struggle with complex medication regimens containing many different medications.
Sylvia Bailey, an Age UK volunteer from Walsall, said: “In my experience supporting Age UK, medication management is a real issue for older people taking lots of medicines.” One carer commented to Sylvia: “My father now has to take additional medication to overcome the severe constipation caused by the latest pills he has been prescribed…it is a vicious circle that appears never to end…” Continue reading
Posted in Health, Health and Wellbeing, Research
Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Clinical pharmacy research, Dr Ian Maidment, Dr Ian Maidment Aston University, managing medication older people, medication management older people, older people