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We are interested in finding out as much as we can about our oldest citizens.
Read more facts and statistics about this age group
Much has been made in the media about fears of the negative effects this oncoming ‘tidal wave’ may have on our health and social care systems. People 85+ make up the majority of those in residential care, and are key users of health services.
We want to find out the truth about these people, not only their needs but also their contributions to all facets of society.
Read about people's lives in this age group...
We asked experts to summarise what’s known in their area of research about this ‘4th generation’ and set out their advice. We’ve collected these summaries into a readable, informative book, ‘Improving later life: Understanding the Oldest Old.’
The book presents messages for professional audiences about what we need to know and do In relation to the oldest old, based on latest research evidence. It’s a ‘must-read’ for anyone who works with or on behalf of the oldest old, including civil servants, national politicians, local councillors, GPs, nurses, care home managers and workers, social workers, carers and care workers, charities. . . the list could go on.
Among the messages emerging from the research conducted by the leading experts, several key points have emerged that all professionals making decisions about the oldest old should know:
Download 'Improving Later Life: Understanding the oldest old (PDF, 1MB)
Listen to Martyn Lewis interview some of our authors about this work for Age UK's Wireless radio.
Brenda: Computers and the internet
James: What my life is like
Eve: Advice for retirement
Listen to more...
Dr Pritti Mehta - Action on Hearing Loss
Addressing hearing loss
Professor Sheila Payne - Lancaster University
The lure of dying at home
Dr Jane Fleming, Dr Caroline Lee, and Professor Carol Brayne - Cambridge University
The critical importance of population research
Age UK Charity Director Michelle Mitchell's presentation for the New Dynamics of Ageing event, 'Improving Later Life, Understanding the Oldest Old,' 11 March 2013
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These collections of statistics, which are regularly updated, are the most up-to-date sources of publicly available, general information on people in later life in the UK.
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