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UK's renting millennials face homelessness crisis when they retire

Report finds at least 630,000 will be unable to afford private rents on their pension income More than 600,000 members of so-called ‘Generation Rent’ are facing an “inevitable catastrophe” of homelessness when they retire, according to the first governmen ...

'I tell a homeless 18-year-old he can't have a council house. I hate this part of the job'

My job as housing officer for a local authority in London keeps me awake with worry at night. I can see the system isn’t fair I work as a housing officer for a local authority in London. My job is to interview homeless people and try and help them find a ...

Lack of homes suitable for older people fuels housing crisis – report

Failure to plan for ageing population will also add to pressure on health and care services England’s small towns are set to swell with increasing numbers of elderly people as they reject city living amid a hidden housing crisis caused by a lack of approp ...

Damian Green: local authorities avoid care home developments

Tory MP says social care costs associated with older people dissuades struggling councils Local authorities are increasingly reluctant to allow care homes and retirement homes to be built in their areas because they can’t afford the social care costs asso ...

'I'd like to die as decently as possible': top doctor urges euthanasia reform

Doctor who has escorted five other people to their deaths says he is also likely to end his life at Dignitas Dr Michael Irwin has boarded five planes to Switzerland with somebody who has not come back. In two years’ time, when he is 90, he thinks he may d ...

Matt Hancock: social care green paper held up by 'partisan politics'

Labour says health secretary’s claim that delay is due to lack of consensus ‘simply not true’ Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for health and social care, has blamed “narrow partisan politics” for the ongoing failure of the government to produce the l ...

When I was diagnosed with dementia I thought it was the end of the world. It's not

I had to give up my job as a doctor but I have adapted well – and I am still busy, sociable and cheerful ...

Health of older people suffering in poor housing, MPs warn

Cold, damp and other hazards exacerbate physical and mental ill-health, report says More than 2 million older people are suffering physical and mental ill health and even death as a consequence of living in substandard and non-accessible homes, according ...

Peers call for extra £8bn to tackle social care scandal

Cross-party committee says over a million vulnerable older people left without support Peers including former Conservative and Labour chancellors have called for an immediate £8bn investment to tackle the “national scandal” that has left over a million vu ...

You’re never too old to go to Glastonbury | Letters

Why not volunteer, suggests Andrew Wilkinson, while Mike and Helen Harper started going when they were 60. And Karen Braddon recalls the amazing experience of Weeley festival Those who write from their comfy chairs (Letters, 3 July) to criticise the overal ...

Sex and dementia: the intimate minefield of consent in a care home

Training care workers can help break the taboo about sexual relationships between residents Frank and Mary loved each other’s company. They would sit together and hold hands. Both had dementia and were living in a care home. Their closeness made them happ ...

Julie Ogley: ‘You can see why families are so anxious about social care. I would be’

The leader of England’s social services chiefs on the grim predicament forced on councils by a decade of government cuts Searching for positives is tough, Julie Ogley admits. As leader of England’s social services chiefs, she wants to stress that good soc ...

The Guardian view on the social care impasse: hurting people and politics | Editorial

New rules and extra funding are urgently needed, but years of inaction show no sign of ending Someone is going to have to pay for the social care that older people need and English councils cannot afford to buy. ...

'Save your money': no evidence brain health supplements work, say experts

Worldwide panel says it cannot recommend healthy people take ‘memory supplements’ Dietary supplements such as vitamins do nothing to boost brain health and are simply a waste of money for healthy people, experts have said. According to figures from the US ...

Over 40 and loving it: let's celebrate fiction with positive older characters

Too many books feature sterotypical older women who can’t use phones and don’t like sex. Gransnet and imprint HQ are looking for writers to change all that There is a passage from Jilly Cooper’s Rivals which, despite first reading it in my early teens, ha ...

Social care chiefs: funding crisis puts tens of thousands at risk

In withering assessment, Adass says sector in England is adrift in a ‘sea of inertia’ The government’s failure to get to grips with the escalating financial crisis in social care has put tens of thousands of older and disabled people at risk of being deni ...

'It helps residents stay healthy': the benefits of arts in care homes

People living in one care village have worked with artists to learn new skills including sculpture, painting and dance Residents at a care village in Cheshire have been exploring their creativity and trying out everything from expressive dance to sculptur ...

Virtual visits: how Finland is coping with an ageing population | Sarah Johnson

Online lunch clubs are the start of a remote care revolution to reduce the spiralling costs of caring for older people It’s 11.30am on a midweek June morning in Helsinki, Finland. Duvi Leineberg, a remote care nurse, is doing the lunch rounds. But instead ...

Young adults have less to spend on non-essentials, study says

Britons between 18 and 29 have less left over after housing costs than older generations had at same age Avocado on toast was the snack that became a synonym for millennial excess. But along with holidays and tickets to shows, dining out is proving beyond ...

Telling people to eat fewer burgers won't solve shocking health inequality | Richard Vize

Lifestyle advice helps, but the government must tackle the root causes of poor health to improve life expectancy Media coverage of the relentless advice to eat less, eat better, and do more gives the impression that the growing problem of health inequalit ...

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