‘Mustn’t grumble’: taking action to support health at work
Blog | Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 1 August 2017
Poor health isn’t an inevitable part of ageing. However, we know that health conditions can become more likely as we get older. Poor health is one of the biggest factors causing people to leave work earlier than they would like to.
Recovering From The Dementia Tax
Blog | Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, the Centre for Ageing Better | 28 July 2017
There have been many years of discussion and debate on social care but little action. Being able to access high-quality care and support when you need it in later life is essential if we are to enjoy a decent quality of life for as long as possible and to die with dignity.
50 is the new normal
Blog | Louise Ansari, Director of Communications, Centre for Ageing Better | 27 July 2017
I turned fifty a couple of months ago. I had a great party and wasn’t immediately bombarded by Saga adverts for cruises on Facebook as friends had warned. Maybe it’s because I work at the Centre for Ageing Better, but I feel the same as I did when I was 49.
What makes an age-friendly workplace?
Blog | Luke Price, Evidence Officer, Centre for Ageing Better | 13 July 2017
Barely a day goes by without some mention of longer working lives in the news. It is therefore crucial that policy makers and employers start thinking now about how we can make workplaces more age friendly.
National Care Home Open Day – reflections from the Ageing Better team
Blog | Ageing Better | 30 June 2017
The fifth annual National Care Home Open Day took place earlier this month - an initiative that sees care homes across the UK open their doors to their local communities. Many members of the team at Centre for Ageing Better visited local homes as part of our ongoing commitment to getting out and about to meet people in later life and hear about their experiences.
Silver surfers – safety first
Blog | Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager - Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better | 19 June 2017
Record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology, according to Ofcom. Last week’s report ‘Adults’ media use and attitudes’ shows that a quarter of over 75s are now using tablet computers and nearly half (48%) of internet users aged 65-74 have a social media profile.
Why I care
Blog | Lucinda Crowther, Business Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 15 June 2017
In my experience, one of the hardest aspects of being a carer is asking for help. Explaining my situation to people at work was a new area for me – if I find it difficult to ask even loved ones for help, talking to a new employer about my situation was never going to feel easy.
Creating a book of the future for a better later life
Blog | Catherine Foot, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better | 14 June 2017
My five-year-old daughter is very interested in the ‘olden days’, when mummy and daddy were little. Her eyes widen when we explain there was no Google to answer your questions and no phones in your pocket. Her surprise gets more animated when we explain there weren’t dishwashers or microwaves, and you couldn’t go to the shops on a Sunday.
Volunteering for a better later life
Blog | Dan Jones, Director of Innovation and Change, Centre for Ageing Better | 7 June 2017
In recent years we have seen a huge push by government and the voluntary sector on youth volunteering. It’s a great success story. But at the same time, and without any of the same attention, people in later life have continued to contribute. People aged over 75 are just as likely to volunteer once a month as people aged 16-49. We think it’s time to focus on older volunteers too.