By 2046 there will be seven million more people aged over 65 in the United Kingdom, but the changing demographics will impact differently in villages, towns and cities of Britain in ageing. Services will need to plan for the differential pattern of ageing if a crisis is to be averted.
This report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on housing for older people makes a number of recommendations which recognise the scale of diversity in older people’s housing needs and preferences; it concludes that a national strategy is required rather than the current piecemeal arrangements.
What are the economic and wellbeing benefits of the national concessionary travel scheme and what are the issues over its costs and usage? An evaluation provides key evidence and findings.
In common with most of the developed world the UK is ageing rapidly. Suitable housing is of critical importance to our health and wellbeing. As leaders of place, councils must take a greater strategic approach to enhance the housing and lifestyle choices for people in later life.
UKactive’s report Moving More, Ageing Well looks at the physical and wider social benefits of active ageing, and outlines the opportunities and challenges associated with increasing advice and provision for physical activity for older people.
Only one per cent of journeys made by older people in the UK are by bike, even though more than a quarter aged between 60 and 69 own a bicycle. Cycle BOOM investigated the barriers and potential for using cycling to enable better health and wellbeing for older people.
Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.
Today is Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons and this weekend it’s grandparents day. I’ve spent the last year or so deep into social care policy. Frankly, it’s all been a bit doom and gloom. Key to Care focused on the grim…
Following local government representations the government decided to postpone implementation of some of the Care Act, notably the cap on contributions and the increase in the threshold. What are the implications and will the savings made by the delay be used as additional funding for social care?
The Integration Transformation Fund has been renamed the Better Care Fund and the final guidance, planning templates for local Better Care Plans and good practice tools have been issued, available variously on the websites of: ◾the LGA ◾NHS England. This policy briefing summarises and comments on the guidance, drawing on…