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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. What does the Queen's Speech mean for you?

    23 June 2017

    On 21 June 2017, the Queen's Speech announced the Government's proposed legislation for the new parliament. How will these proposals affect older people? We look at the key announcements, and explain what they might mean for us. The speech unsurprisingly focused on Brexit with 8 of the 27 bills and draft bills included in the speech about the UK’s departure from the EU. The most significant announcement for older people was that 'Ministers will work to improve social care and will bring forwa...

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  2. Britain's longest-married couple still hold hands every day after 80 years

    22 June 2017

    Britain's longest-married couple are celebrating 80 years of wedded bliss - and still hold hands every day. Ken Harris, 102, and his beloved 99-year-old wife Margaret tied the knot two years before World War II began. Former butcher Ken has carried a treasured photograph of their wedding day in his wallet ever since. The snap went with him to Burma during the conflict - the only time the couple have really been separated. Their son Alan, 77, and his wife Pat 75, recently moved to Wales to hel...

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  3. Advice to beat the heat: Staying safe in hot weather

    20 June 2017

    Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. In one hot spell in August 2003 in England and Wales there were over 2,000 extra deaths than would normally be expected. The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. As our climate changes, hot spells are expected to be more frequent and more intense. Age UK Lambeth will guide you how to stay safe in hot weather, including how to keep your home cool. Who is at risk?...

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  4. Consultation on NHS prescriptions in Lambeth

    14 June 2017

    NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is seeking the views of local people on proposals to make some changes to prescribing guidance around over-the-counter medicines, malaria prevention medicines for travel and selected travel vaccinations. The consultation ends on 23 June 2017. The CCG is proposing to no longer support the routine prescribing of the following products: ·         Self-care medications for acute (short-term) illnesses, minor ailments and health supplements ·        ...

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  5. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June

    14 June 2017

    Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions. Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action...

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  6. Friendships in older adults and the underlying implications of depression - A research study

    08 June 2017

    A postgraduate student from London South Bank University, Siew Lee, is currently looking to interview older adults who have experienced depression throughout any points of their lifetime and hoping to gain insight on how their friendships were experienced with their depression in their lives. The student would also like to learn about the challenges faced and how have friendships, in turn, helped support those with depression as well. It is possible that talking about and sharing your...

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