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Around 850,000 people are estimated to have dementia in the UK, and that figure is expected to rise to 1 million by 2025. Rising prevalence has led to a number of new initiatives focussing on the condition. In 2015, the Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia 2020 set out more than 50 commitments with the hope …
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This year, 2018, will see a number of important anniversaries in the fight for women’s equality. The first of these, today, celebrates the centenary of the extension of the vote to some women aged 30 and older. Later in the year we’ll note the 60th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958 (30th March), which …
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This blog post was contributed by Angela Kitching, Joint Head of External Affairs at Age UK.  Christmas time, a time for families to reconnect, to eat together, to chat and to think about the challenges the New Year might bring. …
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Like lots of people with an interest in social care I have been following the travails of Four Seasons over the last few days. For anyone not up to speed, Four Seasons is a major care home provider in this …
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This blog post was contributed by Rob Henderson, Public Affairs Manager at Age UK.  This was a challenging budget for the Chancellor to deliver. Over five months ago, the snap general election changed the political landscape beyond recognition: a very …
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Today Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS, is reported to be making a call for more funding from the forthcoming Budget, warning that without it the quality of healthcare available to us all is sure to suffer. His is …
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Driving their own car is important to older people, with nearly 70% of households where someone is over 70 have their own car. In July, the DVLA announced that for the first time, the number of driving licences held by …
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This guest blog was contributed by Chris Hewitt, Communications Manager – New Care Homes Programme at NHS England. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best – and one that’s spreading fast is the hospital red bag. First conceived by the …
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We now have laws that protect lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people, rather than persecute them. Something to celebrate. For older people in particular, who lived through criminalisation or being diagnosed as mentally ill, this once seemed unimaginable. But …
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Recently, I received the sad news of the death of a dear friend and colleague who through his example, leadership and support had helped to change the course of my career.  Dr Ken Collins, a notable researcher and physician of …
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