Statins – A Patient’s Perspective

The following blog was delivered as a short contribution to a group of Londoners at a regional meeting with an average age around fifty – plus myself at over eighty. Interestingly, it transpired four of us were suffering (or had suffered) with this problem. Indeed, one of the younger group members had given up taking statins due to the severe risk to her future health. I believe this is an example of the misuse of published scientific research published out of context to attract readers. This is extremely unhelpful when put before a public already confused by conflicting advice. Other examples […]


Ageism in Film #3 – Up

Welcome to the third edition of our new monthly series on ageing in film. This month George Harvey takes a look at Up and questions what the film can teach us about ageing. You can also read last month’s article here. I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the film Up. Even I, as a curmudgeon who usually rejects my friends’ love of the bright and shiny world of Disney, had my heart melted by this movie. Now, it must be said, I’m not entirely sure why Up manages to strike a chord while so many other animated films fall flat. At […]


Your Priorities Survey 2016-2017

It’s that time again! Age UK London has started our “Your Priorities” consultation, an annual survey to discover the issues that older Londoners consider most important in their daily lives. The survey is a great opportunity for older people in the capital to tell Age UK London where to focus our policy and campaigning efforts over the coming years – all of our campaigning work is guided by you. The consultation asks respondents to rate their happiness with a variety of issues on a scale of one to five, including categories such as: their housing situation; tidiness of their neighbourhood; […]


The Emotion of Remembrance Day

Age UK London works for and with all older people across London. This year for Armistice Day, we wanted our blog to feature charities that work directly with London veterans and their families. This piece comes from Cassandra McLaughlin, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the London Veterans Service (LVS). The LVS is an assessment, treatment, and signposting service for those who have served in the British Military. To find out more, click here. Armistice Day can be a very emotive time for some, as people across the country remember the sacrifices made by those who have served for our freedom. It […]


Remembering the Fallen, Remembering our Veterans

Age UK London works for and with all older people across London. This year for Armistice Day, we wanted to hear from charities that work directly with London veterans and their families. This piece was written by Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the Army’s National Charity. Find out more about their work here. On November 11th the nation takes a moment to remember those who have sacrificed so much in service of the country. It’s important that we also honour our living veterans, many of whom are older people and may require […]


Winter is Coming – What’s London Doing?

Later this month we expect to see the publication of the latest “excess winter deaths” statistics, which will show how many older people (and others, but predominantly older people) died unnecessarily last winter. These facts should be a reminder to us that winter is coming and we need to support older people who have trouble heating their homes. As we do every winter, Age UKs in London will be working to help older people keep warm and stay healthy. What will other bodies be doing to make sure people in fuel poverty are able to do the same? Nationally, there […]


“Ageing in Squalor and Distress” – A New Housing Report from Age UK

Last week Age UK released “Ageing in Squalor and Distress”, an in-depth report that investigates the experiences of older private renters. The report collates information taken by Age UK between 2013 and 2016, with a view to asking how well the private rental sector works for older people and what needs to change to allow the sector to better fit the needs of older people in future. It does not make for happy reading. Unexpected rent increases, fear of eviction, damp problems, poor insulation, and the failure of landlords to carry out timely repairs are just some of the many […]


Ageism in Film #2 – Still Alice

Welcome to the second edition of our new monthly series on ageing in film. This month Danny Elliott studies Still Alice and questions how age can affect our reaction to tragedy. You can also read last month’s article here. Age UK London works with and for the 2.2 million people aged 50+ in London. The issues faced by a 50 year old may be very different from that of an 85 year old; some of the work we do includes helping people plan for the future, alongside offering support for those re-entering employment or retraining for a new role. That ‘lower age limit’ […]


The Living Home Standard Report

This week saw the housing charity Shelter release the Living Home Standard report, an investigation into the state of the property market in Britain. This research was part of a concerted effort to discuss the reality of people’s housing situations, rather than simply listing facts and figures. Shelter also wished to discover what words such as “affordable” and “security” mean to regular people, seeing as such phrases are repeatedly used by policy makers and charities. The report emerged from nine months of consultation with the public, and lists thirty-nine criteria that houses and flats must meet to protect the occupants’ […]


Coming Out in Later Life

This past week saw the celebration of National Coming Out Day (NCOD), an annual day for the recognition of the LGBTQ+ community and the coming out process. Normally my involvement in NCOD is limited to scrolling through posts from friends on social media which detail their past experiences of coming out. However, this year I was struck by an article from 2015, which stated that “coming out in later life is a growing trend”. As a result I began to think as to why that might be the case, and to look into the challenges older LGBTQ+ people face when […]