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Older, not colder: why older people need warm homes

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
31
Place of publication:
London

Sets out the range of problems that older people face in winter, looking specifically at fuel poverty, winter health and excess winter deaths. It focuses on the challenges faced by older people living in rural communities, including those of older residents of park homes. The document also examines specific problems with the energy market, such as understanding fuel bills and tariffs, costs for non-direct debit customers, prepayment meters and the Green Deal. It concludes that an ambitious energy efficiency programme to bring all housing up to standard is the only long-term solution to fuel poverty and winter health problems. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Information and advice for older people: evidence review

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
36
Place of publication:
London

At times of major policy and legal changes, the need for high-quality, up-to-date and impartial information and advice is especially important. This evidence review is part of a series produced by Age UK, to provide evidence to underpin decision-making for people involved in commissioning, service development, fundraising and influencing. It summarises some key policy developments that will affect many older people, and discusses the role and value of organisations specialising in information and advice provision. It provides examples of information and advice services for older people in other countries, and by Age UK's national and local groups on care, housing, benefits and money, and for black and minority ethnic people. (Original abstract)

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Food shopping in later life: barriers and service solutions

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
18p.
Place of publication:
London

Being able to shop for food is important for older people to stay well and independent. However, 19% of people aged 65 and over report that they have a longstanding illness that prevents them from shopping or makes it difficult for them. This report looks at some of the barriers to food shopping facing older people, and at some of the shopping services run by local Age UKs to help older people surmount these barriers. It also looks at the part that retailers can play. Focus groups with older people revealed that older people may have difficulties getting to food shops, and, once in-store, may have difficulties with the store layout and with getting help from staff. Age-unfriendly packaging and large portion sizes were also a problem. The report recommends that retailers can attract and retain older customers by using the following measures: making stores fully accessible; helping older people to buy online; using retailers’ buying power to meet older people’s needs; and working with their local Age UK. Six examples of shopping services provided by Age UK which fall into 3 broad categories are described: escorted services; home delivery services; and internet shopping services.

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Housing and homes briefing

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing paper provides a useful overview of the household status of older people, household value, and the conditions of the housing in which older people live. It highlights the poor quality of homes, many of which have poor levels of heating.

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Care and support briefing

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
5p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing provides a useful overview on older carers and the care of older people. It describes the prevalence and experience of older carers, looks at the care needs of older people, and explores the provision of home and residential care to the older population. The final paragraphs look at adults perceptions of care and support in old age. Useful figures are included.

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Age UK blog

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Place of publication:
London

The Age UK blog was set up to talk about political and policy issues that affect people in later life. Some of Age UK’s experts in various key areas will post their thoughts to try and make sense of the key decisions and issues that affect older people.

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Older people, fraud and scams

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This briefing presents key facts on the numbers of older people who are victims of fraud and scams. It outlines what banks; local agencies, such as social services and the police; and the Government can do to protect older people from the impact of fraud and scams. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Age UK loneliness heat map

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2016
Place of publication:
London

Interactive heat map which shows the relative risk of loneliness for older people (aged 65+) across 32,844 neighbourhoods within local authority areas in England. The relative risk of loneliness has been calculated based on the Census 2011 figures for the factors: marital status, self-reported health status, age and household size. It can be used alongside local knowledge and an understanding of local neighbourhoods to help improve the allocation of limited resources to reduce loneliness across a geographic area and help understand whether existing services are reaching areas of need. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Managing ageing and cognitive decline: challenges and opportunities for financial services: report on World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Ageing Symposium

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
26
Place of publication:
London

This report summarises the second symposium of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Ageing on the implications of ageing and cognitive decline for financial services, which was hosted by Age UK in London, 3-4 February 2016. The presentations, panel discussions and workshops covered: the particular challenges and opportunities of Japan’s ageing society; cognitive vulnerability and resilience in later life; how ageing and dementia affect the capacity to manage money; challenges and opportunities for financial services; building resilience and reducing risk; changing technologies in financial services: opportunity or threat for people with cognitive decline; financial planning for an uncertain future; and how people living with cognitive decline can remain financially included. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Only the tip of the iceberg: fraud against older people: evidence review

Author:
AGE UK
Publisher:
Age UK
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
51
Place of publication:
London

A study report on fraud in relation to individual consumers, particularly older people. The study explored the evidence base regarding the prevalence of fraud against consumers, including older people; the range of different types of fraud; who is being targeted and how; the impact on victims; and the legal and statutory framework. This review highlights key gaps in current information and research. The most striking gap that has emerged relates to the absence of a sound and comprehensive UK evidence base on the prevalence of fraud against individuals. Similarly, there is a worrying lack of an up-to-date evidence base regarding the experiences and circumstances of fraud victims, including older people. The report suggests that it is clear that many older people are at risk of being targeted by certain types of fraud and it is a matter of serious concern that some older people in vulnerable circumstances are being targeted, often repeatedly. Furthermore, as more older people go online, more are likely to be at risk of online fraud. These findings have been drawn from a wide-ranging review of published material, together with additional information from a number of organisations and academic experts. (Edited publisher abstract)

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