The Christmas quiz you did not expect

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This blog post was contributed by Angela Kitching, Joint Head of External Affairs at Age UK. 

Christmas time, a time for families to reconnect, to eat together, to chat and to think about the challenges the New Year might bring. I don’t know about you, but in my family that means talking about about some of the conundrums faced by our family and friends. This year they included care arrangements and funding, loneliness, bereavement and ill health. I don’t want you to think we were miserable, we weren’t, there were great parties, lots of food and excited 5 year olds amazed by Father Christmas; but, at Christmas we did also check in with each other about the difficulties our family and friends face. We found the quizzes in the newspapers considerably easier to solve than these tricky family conundrums.

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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 “Making a difference to Men’s health”

Wary hearts: Romance fraud is (much) bigger than you think

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Paul Cunningham (Flickr Creative Commons)

This blog post was contributed by Phil Mawhinney, Policy Officer, at Age UK 

You probably know someone who found love through a dating website – perhaps you did yourself. But you may also have seen cases of people who thought they had met someone special online, only to lose thousands of pounds through fraud. You might think that this is a rare crime and, really, people should know better.

It might surprise you to learn that romance/dating fraud is a big and growing crime. One person who has fallen victim reports dating fraud every three hours, according to the latest figures from Action Fraud, the fraud reporting centre. Continue reading “Wary hearts: Romance fraud is (much) bigger than you think”

The future is electrifying

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Two thirds of our current electricity generating plants will be decommissioned by 2030.   In the next fifteen years, they will need to be replaced with a mixture of new power stations and by generating more energy from renewable resources – primarily wind and solar, and tidal might also have a place. On top of that, we will need more electricity as we proceed with the electrification of heating and transport – some predictions suggest that we should eventually be planning for a seven-fold increase in electricity generation capacity.    Continue reading “The future is electrifying”

Keeping up with emerging trends in information and advice

In the Information and Advice Resources team at Age UK, we want to make sure that our resources are innovative and keep up with emerging trends in information and advice. We are also committed to offering the public a positive experience in finding the information they need. So as well as producing printed guides and factsheets, and the Age UK website’s online information pages, we’ve also produced a number of videos. Continue reading “Keeping up with emerging trends in information and advice”

A practical guide to health caring

Sheelagh Donovan works in the Information and Advice Department at Age UK, writing health information for our publications and website. Sheelagh talks about a new guide on caring that she recently worked on.

Caring can be a central part of many older people’s lives. For many who have partners and spouses, it can be an expected and valued part of ageing together, so much so that they may fail to see themselves as carers.

For others, it is a no less valuable part of a friendship. As many of us live longer, it is not unusual for people in their 50s and 60s to be caring for older parents while also supporting grandchildren or a disabled adult child. Continue reading “A practical guide to health caring”

Encouraging user involvement

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In the Age UK Information Resources team we make sure that we involve our users when writing and updating information guides and factsheets.

User feedback allows us to hear from the people the resource is intended to help. It enables us to make sure our materials are relevant, accessible, logical and useful. User involvement is also a requirement of the NHS England Information Standard which we were proud to achieve in 2015. This is a quality mark which testifies to the accuracy and reliability of our information.

We have invested a lot of time and energy into developing our methods of gathering user feedback in recent years, and we currently have three main approaches that we use – focus groups, questionnaires, and our readers’ panel. Continue reading “Encouraging user involvement”