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News & Views

Welcome to our Blog. Over time, you'll find a wonderful mix of stories, news, the odd rant, and much celebration of people enjoying later life. 

  1. Thai granny completes university degree at 91

    11 August 2017

    Kimlan Jinakul had always wanted to go to university but as a young girl simply did not have the opportunity. But almost a lifetime later and after seeing most of her own children through university, she decided to enrol and on Wednesday finally picked up her degree. Kimlan originally comes from the Lampang province in the north of Thailand. She was a smart pupil and went to one of the best schools in her province. But moving on to university was not an option at the time, and after her famil...

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  2. UK overwhelmingly supports older people ‘hate crime’ law

    10 August 2017

    Nearly 96% of respondents in a UK-wide survey back calls for tougher penalties for crimes against older people More than a third (34%) assumed crimes targeting older people must already be classed as an aggravated offence and another 60% thought they should be Only 5% of people thought crimes against older people should NOT be reclassified as aggravated crimes 95% think older people are specifically targeted for abuse due to their perceived physical frailty or mental vulnerability. Just 1 in ...

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  3. Pensioners who fall while home alone can now use Amazon Echo's Alexa to raise the alarm

    09 August 2017

    Anyone who suffers a fall simply has to shout “Alexa, start My Family SOS” and the Amazon Echo gadget will alert a series of pre-set phone numbers and email addresses. The service is the brainchild of Moony Victoire-Nijjar, who started working on the idea two years ago when his mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia.   He said: “As soon as we saw what Alexa could do, and that the Echo Dot was less than £50 to buy, we thought it was perfect for our system. “It makes it easy for the elderly ...

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  4. Never Too Old To Code: Meet Japan's 82-Year-Old App-Maker

    08 August 2017

    When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths -- today she is one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly. Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself.  The over 60s, she insists, need to actively search out new skills to stay nimble. "As you age, you lose many things: your husband, your...

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  5. 'Britain's oldest supermarket worker' to finally retire aged 95

    04 August 2017

    A Sainsbury's employee believed to be the oldest supermarket worker in Britain is set to finally retire next month- at the age of 95. While some people can’t wait to retire, dedicated Reg Buttress decided to keep on working for another 30 years at a supermarket in Cwmbran, South Wales. He once tried to retire before, when he turned 65, but the bored retiree returned to work after just six weeks. “1981 I started [working at the store],” he told Wales Online . “I enjoy my work, meeting the peop...

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  6. Playing ‘brain games’ has little benefit for our health, says new evidence

    03 August 2017

    Contrary to what many of us believe, new research from the Global Council on Brain Health has revealed that doing puzzles and mind games isn’t the most effective way to keep our brains sharp. No clear link between brain games and thinking abilities More than 1 in 3 people surveyed by Age UK said that doing puzzles and mind games was likely to be the best way to keep our brains healthy as we get older. But now the Global Council on Brain Health, working with Age UK and the AARP, have said in n...

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  7. Getting your oats twice a day is key to long life, says oldest family

    02 August 2017

    The Donnellys, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, hold the world record for their impressive lifespan. And they insist “having their oats” twice a day – at breakfast and before bed – has kept them fit into old age. Leo Donnelly, 72, the youngest of 13 siblings aged up to 93, said: “The key is that you need to get your oats at night. Porridge at around 10pm, then porridge again for breakfast at 7am. Cooked oats, milk, perhaps a spot of jam.“It has always stood us well. People thought it w...

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