A guest blog from Judith Potts on a little-know condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome, and the charity Esme’s Umbrella she set up to promote awareness of it.
My Mother was an independent lady, who lived happily on her own, enjoyed her social life and – despite her failing eyesight through late diagnosed glaucoma – completed the Telegraph crossword daily.
We noticed that her confidence was beginning to wane but what none of us knew – including her GP and optometrist – was that, as her eyesight diminished, there was a chance she might begin to see things which were not there. Her ophthalmologist could have warned us, but he chose not to do so.
Posted in General, Health, Health and Wellbeing
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
Our latest blog has been contributed by Mike Smith, joint Head of Public affairs at Age UK, commenting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
As we continue to digest the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor’s announcement contained some welcome news for older people, but lacked action on some of the biggest issues Age UK has been campaigning on to make Britain a great place to grow older in the coming years.
What was in the statement? Certainly we heard some welcome news around the £2billion extra funding for the NHS, and the additional £1.2billion to improve GP services. As people grow older many of us will rely more and more on vital health services. As Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, highlighted in the Five Year Forward View the NHS will need an additional £8billion a year in the coming years and so this is a positive start. Continue reading
Posted in Autumn Statement, Campaigning, Government
Tagged #autumnstatement, A great place to grow older, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Chancellor's Autumn Statement, George Osborne Autumn Statement, George Osborne older people, older people
This guest blog from Alison Cranage of the charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health describes a project that aims to uncover the most important issues for depression research. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by depression at any point in your life, MQ would like to hear from you. What issues do you think depression research should address? Your views will help shape future research into the condition.