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Your May Update

Welcome to your May Update. Thanks to your support, we've been busy in the past few months – lobbying the Government on the state of social care, saving free TV for over 75s and improving older people's lives across the UK.

The current state of care

The current state of care in the UK is failing older people and their families.

Age UK has been lobbying the Government to make vital changes to the social care system to ensure the basic care needs of older people are met.

Read about the care crisis

Celebrity Call Centre

Did you catch Celebrity Call Centre on Channel 4 in December last year, in partnership with Age UK? Debbie McGee, one of the 8 celebrities who took part, had a particularly emotional call about life after death, and drew on her own experience of losing a loved one to offer support and sympathy to the caller, who had recently lost her husband.

Our Love Later Life Hero

Katalin Shirley-Smith, who turned 100 in February, has been nominated as our Love Later Life Hero by her Age UK befriender, Jenny. Katalin was a radiographer and volunteered for her local Age UK for 16 years. We think she's amazing!

Dogs aiding dementia

Man's best friend has been a recent feature at Age UK Trafford. Dave the Chihuahua and several other doggy volunteers have been lending a paw and are now fully inaugurated as helpers at the dementia day support group.

Spring gardening tips

Celebrity gardener, Christine Walkden, offers some spring tips for sprucing up your green space, no matter how big or small. She also has some brilliant ways to encourage wildlife throughout the season.

A volunteer's story

To celebrate National Volunteers Week which runs from 1-7 June, we caught up with Dick who has been volunteering at Age UK Milton Keynes for more than 6 years.

Saving free TV for older people

For over a million of the oldest people in our country, the TV is their constant companion and window on the world.

We found that more than 50,000 UK pensioners could be pushed below the poverty line if free TV licences are scrapped.

That's why we desperately want to save them.

See our latest campaign update

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