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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

A life worth living

Commissioned by Age UK campaigns team, Sue Linge

In an almost unbearably sad piece about the death of her husband, the journalist Decca Aitkenhead wrote that ‘loneliness, I have learnt, is not an absence of company. It is an absence of meaning.’

Age UK estimates that more than 1.2 million older people are lonely and that chronic loneliness is affecting a growing number of older people as the population ages. There are particular issues that mean older people are at risk from loneliness – such as bereavement, ill health and complex long term health conditions. Loneliness is an issue that we think deserves more focus and we highlight it in our manifesto for the 2017 General Election. We believe the new Government must take the lead in developing a national strategy to identify, prevent and tackle loneliness, especially but not exclusively among older people. Continue reading