Ever stood in a post office queue and wondered why on earth you’re waiting so long? Surely just buying a stamp and weighing something shouldn’t take so much time?! Why is the worker at the desk having a 40 minute conversation with somebody and holding up the queue? It’s only when you start to observe the conversation taking place at the post office counter that you begin to realise just how many vulnerable people there are that badly need this service.
With the housing crisis hitting younger people hard – particularly in London – it would appear sensible, on the surface, for older people to downsize so that younger people can find somewhere to live with a bit more space.
So, why is this hardly happening? Janine Aldridge investigates…
As many of the previously run down parts of London get a face lift – shiny new glass buildings, pavement cafes, and artisan bakeries galore – I have often found myself wondering what these changes mean to older people that have lived there all their lives. The greasy spoon cafés and small grocery stores may have looked scruffy to some, but for those who have known that area all their lives, the loss of these familiar establishments could have a big impact. An interesting study Ageing in a Long-term Regeneration Neighbourhood: A Disruptive Experience or Successful Ageing in Place? by […]