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Report highlights successes and challenges

15 August 2016

Age UK SheffieldA year of successfully supporting more than 4,500 older people in Sheffield to live independently – and the challenges to come – has been summarised in a new report.

 

Age UK Sheffield’s 2015/16 annual report includes case studies to illustrate the impacts made by the charity’s support workers in helping over-50s in the city achieve their objectives.

 

Highlights of the Age UK Sheffield report include:

 

• More than 2,700 people supported by our Information and Advice service, mostly with help to claim benefits

 

• More than 1,600 people supported in their home to retain or regain independence, through maximising income levels, improving physical and mental health, and making connections to local social opportunities

 

• A total of £2.5 million per year claimed in additional benefits, for 553 people across the city

 

• More than 60 people regularly attending Age UK Sheffield’s Wellbeing Centre for people living with memory loss and dementia

 

• More than 80 people supported by the charity’s ‘At Home’ service, which provides a wide range of help with tasks including cleaning, shopping, reading and writing letters, and getting out and about

 

But, in his introduction to the report, Age UK Sheffield Chief Executive, Steve Chu, also identifies the growing challenges facing older people and the charities supporting them.

 

With funding for local charities becoming tighter due to austerity, he issues a reminder that demand for services for older people is growing rapidly.

 

“People are living longer, but are also spending more years living in poor health,” he said. “Many older people are living at home with only basic levels of support.

 

“We need to ensure we are there for the 11% of older people who see their family, friends and neighbours less than once a month, and the 49% whose main source of company is a pet or the television screen.”

 

To request a copy of the Age UK Sheffield 2015/16 annual report, or to find out how you can support the charity’s work with over-50s in Sheffield, call (0114) 250 2850 or e-mail: enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk.