Let’s talk about death, baby*

A not-insignificant part of my week has been taken up discussing the aftermath of loved ones dying. As part of our continual reassessment of the free advice guides we supply at Age UK, we run focus groups with older people to ensure we’re covering the right topics. With information about money there’s little room for leeway, but an emotional topic like bereavement […]

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Why loneliness is so desperate

Working at Age UK it’s impossible to escape the topic of loneliness. It affects upwards of 1m older people in the UK and is practically invisible to most of us. I came across this piece by Judith Shulevitz from 2013 talking about “The Lethality of Loneliness” and – specifically – why loneliness is so damaging: “Emotional isolation is ranked as […]

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Technology and ageing: Beyond the Screen

On Thursday evening, I went to a fascinating event at Digital Catapult Brighton called Tech Beyond the Screen: Positive Ageing. It was to stimulate debate and discussion about how we can use technology in the social care sector to improve both older people’s lives, but also those who do the caring. The care industry is a hugely underfunded area. People […]

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