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  • Are you owed some of “Britain’s missing billions”?

    Are you owed some of “Britain’s missing billions”?

    Did you know that an estimated £89 billion is currently going unclaimed in some 28 million forgotten bank and savings accounts, premium bonds, pensions, insurance policies and Child Trust Funds? But how do you go about checking one of them is yours or a relative’s?

  • Do we need Commissioners for Older People and Ageing Well in England and Scotland? 

    Do we need Commissioners for Older People and Ageing Well in England and Scotland? 

    Do politicians seriously believe that promising to keep the triple lock pension will address the concerns of older adults about access to and the need for social care, health, housing and public transport? By Mervyn Eastman and Shirley Ayres

  • We are all paying the price for the nation’s poor and dangerous housing

    We are all paying the price for the nation’s poor and dangerous housing

    Amongst all of the predictable hoo-ha around the PM’s call to end the culture of “sick note” Britain, it might well be forgotten that the poor state of our homes, plus crowded living conditions, is playing a key role in the rising tide of poor health in this country as well as startling levels of…

  • Is your workplace carer-friendly?

    Is your workplace carer-friendly?

    If not, it will almost certainly hurt your business, argues Deborah Stone of Mature Thinking. That’s because caring is increasingly becoming a part of people’s lives as our population continues to age and fewer and fewer qualify for support – and the nation’s growing army of informal carers are struggling to combine work and care.

  • WASPI: justice will have to wait… again

    WASPI: justice will have to wait… again

    Grenfell, Windrush, subpostmasters, the blood transfusion scandal, Dilnot… the latest delay in implementing the Ombudsman’s report on WASPI women is just one more examplar, writes Tony Watts OBE, of the tactics routinely used by Government to put off rectifying historic wrongs or fulfilling promises made – many involving older people who may never live to…

  • Pensions Freedom 10 years on: who have been the winners… and losers?

    Pensions Freedom 10 years on: who have been the winners… and losers?

    This March marked the tenth anniversary of the announcement of “Pension Freedom and Choice” reforms which, along with Auto-Enrolment, represented the two major shifts in pension policy enacted under George Osborne. What have been the long-term impacts for savers? asks Tony Watts OBE.

  • New data lifts the lid on retirement income trends

    New data lifts the lid on retirement income trends

    What is the average income in retirement for today’s retirees… where is the income coming from, which regions are doing best and what trends can we see emerging? New data from the ONS reveals all, writes Richard Collinson, CEO of AAA members RetireEasy.co.uk

  • Bringing healthcare home to patients

    Bringing healthcare home to patients

    An “older people’s sounding board” is giving clinicians, consultants and service designers in the NHS direct access to the lived experiences of service users. Tony Watts OBE attended a recent meeting organised by the NDTi to find out what was being achieved.

  • Co-designing a healthier future

    Co-designing a healthier future

    A small team in East Sussex is harnessing the knowledge of older people to co-design an integrated Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) that – they believe – will lead to improved patient experiences, and are looking to learn from others around the country.

  • Reaching the older consumer

    Reaching the older consumer

    How can companies best connect with older consumers – often a target market for their goods and services? AAA member Deborah Stone, Managing Director of Mature Thinking has some helpful advice.

  • How images can help those living with dementia engage with life

    How images can help those living with dementia engage with life

    When we develop severe dementia and our ability to get out in the real world is limited, pictures, writes Deborah Stone, can play a vital role in engagement. But be careful about the images you show…

  • Securing your retirement finances could mean being flexible at work

    Securing your retirement finances could mean being flexible at work

    Being able to work for as long as you need in order to secure a financially secure retirement could become a lot easier after new employment laws come into force in April, writes Tony Watts OBE. But it will require flexibility from employers as well as employees.

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