Guest Blog: David Hayes – Gambling prevalence among the over 65s

The British Gambling Prevalence Survey is a large-scale nationally representative survey of participation in, and the prevalence of, gambling in Great Britain. In this short note we use regression analysis to look at some of the characteristics that predict gambling[1] at least once a week among the over 65s. There were 1,653 individuals in the survey aged 65 and above. The survey is weighted so that the findings reported here are nationally representative. Continue reading

Retirement: Are we really seeing a social revolution?

The Times splashed today that “Baby boomers are spearheading a social revolution by redefining retirement and old age.” [1]

It reminded me of this published by Dodge in 1962 (52 years ago!)

‘Within the brief space of fifty years, a rapidly increasing population of older citizens has caused a change in the attitude of the total population. No longer do senior citizens feel that their potential contribution to society is ended. As they observe numerous older persons in fine health and enjoying activity, they see emerging a changing attitude which may allow them to live as active members of our society. This new role for senior citizens is now in the process of evolving.’ Continue reading

Who Cares? A blog by Nick Kirwan

The PSSRU’s excellent research paper, entitled Changes in the Patterns of Social Care Provision in England: 2005/6 to 2012/13, provides solid evidence of an “unprecedented” reduction in spending on later life social care and a corresponding reduction in the number of older people receiving care. This will come as no surprise to the many people in the sector who have for years been saying that social care services in England are at breaking point and in desperate need of more funding. Sadly, it is usually the most vulnerable in our society, those in need of care, and their families that are on the receiving end of the pressure. Continue reading

New homes needed at fastest rate since the 1970s to meet population growth

The lack of new housing supply has been a political hot potato for some time. Now, as we approach the 2015 General Election, both the Conservatives and Labour are promising to tackle this issue head on. George Osborne has promised £500m of financing for small builders and new Garden Cities as part of his blueprint to ease the country’s housing shortage with 200,000 new homes. For their part, Labour have promised to build 200,000 new homes a year – the highest level of house building since the late 1980s. But are these plans sufficient?
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Guest blog: Peter Langford – Get Involved in Silver Sunday 2014!

Silver Sunday, on 5th October 2014, is an annual day of free activities and events for older people across the UK. It aims to celebrate the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities and to also combat the loneliness which affects many older people. A recent survey announced that 2/5 of older people regard their TV as their main form of company and Silver Sunday’s goal is to reach out to these isolated members of the community.
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