In 1991, Estonia enthusiastically embraced its freedom and independence from the Soviet Union, but its economy was in a parlous situation. It faced overwhelming bills just to sustain its basic public services. A leading light in its Government, who went on to serve for ten years from 2006 as President Toomas Ilves, was an autodidact computer programmer, and forcefully advocated that those public services would only be sustainable if the country embraced the digital economy. So it came to pass that everyone had to sharpen up their skills, and get used to paying their taxes, updating their health records, registering their right to citizen benefits, voting, and even applying for a bus pass online. No exceptions. Continue reading
This blog was contributed by Peter Wilson, Deputy Director for The Office for Security and Counter Terrorism and Head of Unit for RICU (Research Information and Communications Unit), in the Home Office.
As we spend more and more time online – emailing friends, Skyping family, banking online – we need to think more about cyber security. It’s second nature for us to lock our doors when we go out and about – so why don’t we always take the same approaches to online security? A security breach online is not just something that happens to big businesses or celebrities. It can happen to anyone. In fact, recent reports suggest older people are increasingly at risk of cyber fraud, with more than a million older people duped by email scammers in the UK. Continue reading
Posted in Fraud, General, scams
Tagged #cybersecurity, #scamaware, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing society, Cyber Aware, Fraud and Scams, older people, Scams Awareness Month, scams awarness older people
This week is World Continence Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of continence. The theme this year, Incontinence – no laughing matter, tackles a common response by people to laugh off incontinence. However, it’s a big issue for older people. Wouldn’t it be great if the stigma surrounding incontinence was shaken a little?
Posted in General, Health, Health and Wellbeing
Tagged Ageing, continence, GP, Health, healthcare, incontinence, Later life, older people, urinary incontinence, Urology Foundation, world continence week