Guest Blog: Doctor Tony Rao – Older people and alcohol: Our hidden generation

In March 2013, The General Lifestyle Survey showed that between 2005 and 2013, the percentage of men drinking 8 or more units of alcohol (the equivalent of 4 or more pints of normal strength beer) on any one day in the past week had changed by only 5% in the 65 and over age group. This compares to reductions of 30%, 19% and 12% in the 16-24, 22-44 and 45-64 age groups respectively. A clearly a worrying trend, helped little by the uncertainty over whether alcohol is friend or foe to public health. Continue reading

Guest blog: Lyndsey Burton, Choose.Net – How will the digital nature of Universal Credit affect older people?

Universal Credit (UC) is the government’s first “digital by default” benefit, with claimants expected to use the internet to apply, and then check on their payments. It combines six existing benefits: housing benefit, income support, employment support allowance, jobseekers allowance, working tax credit and child tax credit.
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Out of the limelight: older people left in the shadows of the data revolution

Since the censuses of ancient times, policy makers have relied on data. In what the UN is terming a data revolution, technological advancement now means that we have more information than ever at our fingertips. Bigger datasets covering more people and more topics have the potential to highlight the experiences of previously marginalised groups. Indeed, the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons has proposed that data be disaggregated ‘by gender, geography, income, disability and other categories to ensure that no-one is left behind’. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Ken Bluestone – Older people: the forgotten generation

The UN is on the cusp of the next stage of negotiations for the international development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) post-2015.


All eyes are looking to the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) to set a new standard for international cooperation with lofty ambitions of leaving no-one behind, a universal agenda that applies to all countries, environmental sustainability, accountability and creating a data revolution.
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The silent challenge: Overemployment facing the over 50s

New analysis suggests that a high proportion of older workers are locked into working long hours against their will, some of whom have long-term health problems

 This week we published a major new report into the employment challenges facing older workers in the UK with the support of PRIME and BITC: The Missing Million: illuminating the Employment Challenges of the Over 50s. While the report has gained publicity regarding the potential economic benefit of preventing early exit from the labour market, there is a critical challenge highlighted by the research that deserves more attention – overemployment.

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