Getting online, but not clicking with it?
Blog | Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager - Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better | 24 May 2017
ONS data released last week shows that internet usage is growing fastest amongst those approaching and in retirement. This is great news, meaning more people in later life than ever before have access to the services and opportunities that the internet provides. However, as with all statistics, the devil is in the detail.
Struggling to save for retirement
Blog | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 3 May 2017
Much of the undercurrent of political and public debate is that the baby boomers are doing fine – but there is a hidden group of older people who are facing significant challenges to their future. Our report with the Resolution Foundation finds they are experiencing similar hardships to younger working families.
Grandma Williams challenges the Government's digital strategy
Blog | Grandma Williams, Campaigner against thoughtless ageism | 12 April 2017
Older people need to get into the digital world. Business needs us there, so does government, and health care too is moving on line. And the potential for digital technology to change the social lives of lonely older people is enormous.
Integrating health, care and housing – don’t wait to be asked
Blog | Claire Turner, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better | 6 April 2017
There is not a day goes by now where the crisis in the NHS or social care is not in the headlines. We know all too well the pressures on these vital public services and the growing demands, in part, due to our ageing population. Within the media stories, there is rarely a mention of the other important piece of the jigsaw – housing.
“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.