“I am over 60 and no one wants to hire me”
Blog | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 28 March 2017
An increase in state pension age may prompt some people to work longer, but for others who are unable to work due to caring, ill health or disability, they will face an income gap. Anna Dixon tells a powerful story, demonstrating the impact being in this situation can have on health and wellbeing.
What do older workers value about work?
Blog | Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change, Centre for Ageing Better | 10 March 2017
Nearly 1 in 5 UK businesses have more staff aged over 50 than under 50 – and this number is growing. Over the next 10 years, it’s projected that for every 2 older people leaving the workforce, only 1 younger person will join. We can’t engineer another baby boom, so we need to help people stay in the labour market for longer
Digital skills, for life
Blog | Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager - Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better | 6 March 2017
Last week the government launched its new digital strategy outlining its plan to keep the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution. The strategy outlines various different initiatives to tackle the skills gap including free basic digital skills training to all adults who need it. However, whilst a promising start, this provision doesn’t stretch quite far enough.
Helping support older workers into retirement
Blog | Ali Hawker, Senior Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 1 March 2017
Retirement is not necessarily the one-off event it used to be, but for many, it still marks a time of major change in later life, whether someone moves into volunteering, starts a new career, or pursues other interests.
New Old – Designing the Right Balance
Blog | Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager - Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better | 24 February 2017
30 years ago, in the boiler house at the V&A, Helen Hamlyn’s New Design for Old exhibition explored the role of new design in helping people to lead fuller, healthier and happier later lives. More recently, the New Old exhibition (which ran from January – February) at the recently relocated Design Museum looked to explore the very same thing.
Blog | Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change, Centre for Ageing Better | 22 February 2017
Keeping mentally active and engaged is important for wellbeing at any age, and it’s also a key part of what people want for a good later life. However, we know from international wellbeing data that people are less likely to feel they are learning new things as they age – with a sharper decline after 45. This is hardly surprising when you consider that less than 5% of adult education funding goes to people over 50.
Banishing the blues
Blog | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 6 February 2017
I was privileged to be at the launch of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission last week and hear Kim Leadbetter, her sister, talk first-hand about her feelings of loneliness when her sister went away to university.
Heading for a fall
Blog | Louise Ansari, Programme Manager – Physical Activity | 25 January 2017
When people think about their health, their immediate concern is to avoid a serious illness that is potentially life threatening like cancer or a stroke. But what about other things that impact on our ability to get ourselves dressed, to use the stairs, to manage without help at home? Who worries about falling, and the possible consequences of a fractured bone?
All aboard the Bus Bill
Blog | Natalie Turner, Senior Programme Manager – Localities, Centre for Ageing Better | 11 January 2017
The newly drafted Bus Bill is currently trundling its way through Parliament, promising to arrive at its destination with new local franchising and decision making powers. Though the Bill falls short of providing new resources, it does provide the tools for local authorities to tackle bus provision creatively and in response to local need.