The Ready for Ageing Alliance came together in 2013 following the publication of the House of Lords Committee Report by the Public Service and Demographic Change Committee. Continue reading
‘The opinions the public form and what administrators do is helped by informed and accurate reporting so, as with all members of society, the media should treat older people with fairness, dignity and respect’. Continue reading
An age-shift is underway in society. People are living longer but we haven’t yet fully woken up to the value of older adults. Just check out the language often used to talk to or about older people – demeaning and diminishing words and phrases that reinforce ignorance and institutional ageist attitudes. Continue reading
For many years ageist attitudes and behaviours have gone unchallenged in the UK. With Brexit deepening the generational divide and triggering an outpouring of ageist vitriol, the need to tackle age discrimination is now more urgent than ever before.
Human mortality remains at 100 percent; we all eventually die. Ideally, we should all be well informed on end of life choices, and how we die should be in our own control.
A new campaign aimed at helping families cope with heartbreaking life-or-death decisions about relatives struck down by stroke and other incapacitating illness has been launched by senior health professionals and lawyers.
This week the Sunday Times reported ‘Healthy nurse, 75, chooses death over ‘going downhill’. Gill Pharaoh, a palliative care nurse, travelled to Switzerland and ended her life through assisted suicide. Continue reading
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
Tomorrow the country will head to the polls to vote in the European elections. As far as most voters and the media is concerned, the outcome of the election will have much more significance for domestic politics than European. The campaign has been dominated – as will the days and weeks following the election – by speculation about what the results mean not for the European Parliament, but for the electoral fortunes of the major parties in the 2015 General Election.
All the mainstream British political parties are – to varying degrees – now signed up to the underlying principle that political institutions should broadly reflect the social characteristics of the people they represent. David Cameron’s very first speech as party leader in 2005 contained the claim that ‘We will change the way we look’. Ed Miliband has made several speeches on the same theme. The idea that what Anne Phillips called ‘the politics of presence’ is important is now a widely, if not wholly, accepted part of political discourse in the UK.