Author Archives: Age UK

Measuring wellbeing in later life

At the start of February, Age UK launched the Index of Wellbeing in Later Life. The Index highlights what determines wellbeing, the importance of considering an older person’s wellbeing in the round and subgroups of older people who experience high or low wellbeing. Continue reading

Making a difference to Men’s health

During Men’s Health Awareness Week we discuss some of the pertinent health issues affecting older men, and look at the advice and support available.

Mind Matters

We live in an age where mental health problems touch all our lives. Our research shows that over half of people over the age of 60 report feeling unhappy or depressed at any one time with older men’s mental wellbeing most at risk. Continue reading

Next week is Carers Week

There are 6.5 million people in the UK providing unpaid care for sick, older or disabled relatives or friends and each day 6,000 people in the UK take on new caring responsibilities.  Without the huge contribution of unpaid carers, our already beleaguered health and social care system would grind to a halt.

Sadly, a large majority of carers are let down when it comes to receiving sufficient help and support when they most need it.  In April this year, Carers UK surveyed the public and found that a staggering 74% of those polled felt that carers were undervalued. Continue reading

How exercise can improve brain health

We should all be aware that, as well as having an impact on our wider wellbeing, lifestyle factors also have an influence on our brain health and thinking skills, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director of Age UK

A study from the University of Canberra published today tells us that aerobic exercise can improve our cognitive abilities, such as thinking, reading, learning and reasoning, while muscle training – for example, using weights – can benefit memory and the brain’s ability to plan and organise. Continue reading