Say no to ageism on International Day of Older Persons

An older woman reading her fuel billBlog written by Emily McCarron, Policy Manager for Equality and Human Rights, Age UK

Birthday cards that mock ageing; negative comments about ‘looking old’ we make about ourselves and others; stereotypical depictions of older people in popular culture and in the media. If we were to make similar comments about gender or race, this would be (rightly) seen as unacceptable and offensive. However, negativity about ageing and older people is pervasive in our society. This is ageism and what might seem like just a joke in a birthday card, can seriously undermine the human rights of older people.

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Social housing green paper – good news for older people?

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Reaction to the new social housing green paper has been lukewarm. This is because it seems to dash hopes for a significant increase in the supply of new council and housing association homes for people on low incomes. Despite the recent Government announcement of an additional £2bn over 10 years for social housing, the green paper fails to suggest lifting restrictions on local authority borrowing which would make a real difference to increasing the supply of social housing.

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Technology in care – the future is here, now!

WCS New photography, Four Ways House, Warwick 25 April 2016Blog written by Ed Russell, Director of Innovation and Delivery, at WCS Care.

I still remember how my career in care started over 26 years ago – my first shift was on New Year’s Day in 1992, a few months before WCS Care officially began life and took over the homes from the local authority.

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Grasping the nettle: lessons for the social care green paper

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Blog written by Mike Birtwistle, Founding Partner, Incisive Health

By 2068 there will be an extra 8.6 million people aged 65 or over living in the UK, with over-65s making up 26% of the population. With more of us living longer and many people having one or more long-term conditions, more people will need access to long-term care. How will a social care system that is in crisis, respond?

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Who cares for those without carers?

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Blog written by Kirsty Woodard, Founder of Ageing Without Children.

Last month, the Social Market Foundation and Age UK published “Caring for Carers” examining the demographics and experiences of people providing unpaid care. Contained within it is one of the most challenging but still strangely unheralded problems facing social care now and in the future, namely – who will care for the growing numbers of older people who lack family to support them? By 2030, 2 million people will be aged over 65 without ever having been parents while still more will be unable to look to their family to support them for a variety of other reasons including estrangement or distance. The number of older people with disabilities who live alone and have no child is projected to increase rapidly, rising by nearly 80 per cent between 2007 and 2032 to 370,000. This represents a significant challenge to health and social care services that rely extensively on spousal and adult child care.

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) – a chance to fix a broken system?

Gary Beckwith photographed for Age UK, 51 Bristow Road, Wallington, Surrey, CR0 4QQBlog written by Alison Trew, Public Affairs Officer, Age UK.

The Mental Capacity (amendment) Bill will reach committee stage in the House of Lords next week. This Bill, which focuses on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), will have an impact on one of the most profound of our human rights, the right to liberty.

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A long and difficult path – ‘doing nothing about social care is not an option’

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If you ask anyone who works in care about the greatest challenges facing the sector today, many will point to our growing ageing population and ask, how we will continue to care for them? Continue reading “A long and difficult path – ‘doing nothing about social care is not an option’”