Marathon Runner

Marathons and Mental Health

The mental health of older people in London, and in particular loneliness, is key to Age UK London’s work. We were therefore delighted to hear that Prince William and Prince Harry are using this Sunday’s London Marathon as a vehicle to help end the stigma around talking about mental health.

Yet how does mental health vary by age group? Charlotte Cornish investigates…

Table Tennis

Is Table Tennis the Future of Alzheimer’s Therapy?

With the numbers of those affected by Alzheimer’s continuing to rise (with over 1 million people in the UK expected to be affected by 2025) and the cost of treating the disease mounting (over £26 billion annually in the UK currently), now is the time for action!

Outside of the box research is key to driving advances in alternative methods of treatment and developing low cost drug free options to prevent the disease. Picking up this BATon is the BAT Foundation – a national charity investigating the benefits table tennis can have physically, mentally, and emotionally on those living with Alzheimer’s.

National Dignity Council

National Dignity Council – Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day on 1st February 2017 started a month of events to promote dignity in everyday life as part an initiative by the National Dignity Council, a registered charity whose primary aim is to promote dignity across the board. The Council works actively to promote dignity in work settings and to challenge poor practice wherever they see it, by using the support of over 81,000 registered champions.

Find out all about the month’s events, including how you can get involved.

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Technology – The Future’s Bright… but for Whom?

I went to a breakfast briefing by Windsor Leadership Trust on the future impact of technology. The key speaker was Dr Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist and editor of a forth-coming book, “Megatech” looking at the world in 2050.

It was fascinating stuff, including his list of ten imagined companies who are going to be integral to our lives in the future – but what are the implications for older people?

Time to Talk – Older People and Mental Health

Yesterday marked the fourth national Time to Talk Day, a yearly initiative run by Time to Change which aims to break the silence surrounding mental health issues. In fact, since it first launched in 2014, Time to Talk Day has generated millions of conversations across the country, from homes, schools, and workplaces, to online networks and the media. Such conversations are important across all demographics, but as the Mental Health Foundation’s website states, “older people are more vulnerable to mental health problems.”

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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 […]

Attendance Allowance – A Vital Lifeline

Attendance Allowance is a weekly payment that allows disabled older people to meet some of the extra costs that they face. It is a lifeline for over a million older people, allowing many to go on living independently in their homes. Now the Government is proposing to devolve it to local Councils instead of distributing the money centrally as happens at the moment. It is part of a consultation on local government finance, following the decision to allow Councils to keep 100% of local business rates – link to consultation open till 26 September. This is worrying for more than […]

Care.Data Workshops

When you’re sitting opposite your GP at your local surgery and he or she is accompanying their well-meaning diagnosis and advice with the melodic tap-tap-tapping on their keyboard, do you ever really wonder what happens to the information that they are inputting, where it goes or in what form it is seen? Needless to say, the details related to your medical history do need to have the freedom to pass beyond the limitations of your local surgery. If you were to have a referral to other specialists, you would want them to know your details rather than have to narrate […]

Life Imitates Art in Dementia Care

. . . as ‘The Big Bang Theory’s’ Sheldon helps dementia clients in Scotland . . . The BBC are reporting a pilot scheme in Scotland, where driveable robots are being used to help older people with dementia – the story can be found here. The thing is, I saw the photo and thought, “I’ve seen this somewhere before . . .” For those of you who haven’t seen it, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is an American sit-com about four science geeks and how they deal with the world. Doesn’t sound promising, does it? But it is a hit on […]