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'A home for life': extra-care housing helps older people stay independent

Retirement communities attract quality staff and offer savings for NHS and social care budgets Guardian Jobs: see the latest vacancies in social care After Alan Wheatley was widowed last year, it looked as if he would have to go into a care home. Having h ...

Before I die: a day with the terminally ill – video

What does it feel like to know you’re dying? In episode two of Death Land, Leah Green meets people who are facing up to the end of their lives. She follows palliative care doctor Sunita Puri as she helps her patients come to terms with their own mortality ...

Reviving Sure Start and investing in children is vital for society | Letters

Jane Lane laments the loss of opportunities that Sure Start provided for social cohesion and Stephen Burke moots the creation of centres for all ages. ...

Wake up, politicians! Disabled people rely on social care too – not just older people | Frances Ryan

Millions of people with disabilities need help to get out of bed, wash and go to the toilet. Their needs must not be ignored in this election I can’t help but wonder what the social care equivalent of the well-worn NHS general election photo op would be. I ...

Councils 'need billions more to fund adult care as population ages'

IFS puts the hike in costs down to growing numbers of disabled adults and rising wages Councils will need billions of pounds in funding increases over the course of the next parliament to finance adult social care, an economic thinktank has found. The Ins ...

The people on a mission to live for ever – video

What if you could cheat death and live for ever? To people in the radical life extension movement, immortality is a real possibility. Leah Green spends a long weekend at RAADfest, a meeting of scientists, activists and ordinary people who want to extend t ...

Give older people a voice on housing | Letters

almshouses ”, News). A “new almshouse movement” is welcome, but one essential element of this approach must ...

Elderly people being 'poisoned' by medication, say drug experts

Too little is known about how drugs affect older people, House of Lords committee told Elderly patients are being “poisoned” with medication because too little is known about how different drugs interact with each other and correct dosages for older peopl ...

The solution to ageing Britain’s housing crisis? Build almshouses

As the number of older people in the UK rises, policymakers and planners are urged to back radical plans to promote integration Architects and planners need to radically rethink housing policy for older people as the number of Britons over the age of 85 is ...

Age, rather than class, has come to determine how Britain votes | Torsten Bell

By 2017 a 30-year-old was twice as likely to back Labour over the Tories, while a 70-year-old was twice as likely to do the opposite Forget the David Cameron autobiography or knitted jumper from Granny – we might be getting a general election for Christma ...

Almost 1 million over-50s working nights in UK, study says

About 924,000 of record 3.2 million people who regularly work through night are over 50, TUC says The number of overnight workers over the age of 50 has risen to almost 1 million, a study suggests. Over-50s account for about 924,000 of a record 3.2 millio ...

Western Stars review – Springsteen's nuggets of cowboy wisdom

In a barn with his wife, an orchestra and a new set of cowboy-inflected songs, the Boss reflects magnetically on past demons and meditates on age ...

Tim Dowling's dad, Bob: I’m 98, and life is still mayhem

Bob Dowling on the lessons he’s learned First of all: why me? The whole family knows I never write anything. An old girlfriend once said my letter read like a social security card. My favourite poem is Ode To A Girdle *, partly because of its brevity. And ...

By ending the free TV licence, the Tories are closing a vital window on to the world | Frances Ryan

The government should reverse this unkind decision, which will rob many older people of their chief companion It’s not the biggest austerity measure this decade, and it certainly won’t gain the most attention, but there’s one Conservative cut that’s quiet ...

Extinction Rebellion arrests and the effectiveness of active nonviolence | Letters

Symon Hill of the Peace Pledge Union on George Monbiot joining the hundreds of climate protesters arrested in recent days, and Rose Harvie on the importance of older people in demonstrations As George Monbiot highlights (Today, I aim to get arrested. It’s ...

Half a million over-75s with dementia will have to pay for TV licences – study

BBC decision to transfer cost of licence fee will hit vulnerable older people hard, says Labour More than half a million older people with dementia could be forced to pay for their TV licences from next year, according to research commissioned by Labour, ...

One of UK’s biggest care home operators investigated over finances

Regulator concerned about Advinia Group’s cash flow and ability to repay loans One of the UK’s biggest care home operators, which looks after about 3,000 elderly residents, is being investigated by regulators, heightening concerns over the state of Britai ...

Over-40 actors still fighting the ageism that stymied Judy Garland

Renée Zellweger’s Garland biopic is a powerful reminder of the attitudes that infect youth-obsessed Hollywood ...

No job for a young man? Social care career myths busted

Misconceptions can make it difficult to recruit new entrants in a sector with 110,000 vacancies at any one time ...

Innovative solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Siân Berry on Green housing policy, Celia Thomas on accessible homes, John Marsh on building more almshouses, Iain Malcolm on the South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust, and Sue Simmons on volunteering to help the homeless with Nightstop Your report (One i ...

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