Andrea Leadsom’s comments show exactly why AWOC is needed

Andrea Leadsom’s comments on motherhood, bad enough in print but considerably worse on audio where the full “but I have children” emphasis shines through, have highlighted exactly why AWOC is needed. Her comments do not come as a surprise, In our recent research “Our Voices”, feelings of being invisible and of being judged came up…

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The tightrope generation – caring without a safety net

“I wouldn’t want my children to look after me” “my mum would have said that but she has dementia…..she would have dreaded the thought that my life would be consumed with looking after her but that is actually what has happened” Ming Ho who is ageing without children Woman’s Hour May 17th Much is made…

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Our Voices asks “who will tell our story?”

Its dementia awareness week and it also sees the launch of “Our Voices: the experiences of people ageing without children. Of all the many concerns people ageing without children have, what happens if they get dementia is one of the biggest, causes the most fear but also asks one of the most poignant questions; ‘Who will…

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Invisible –again

It’s hard to know how to respond to the latest in what seems to be never ending line of stories about appalling treatment of older people trapped in the abyss between health and social care. Today’s report by the Health Services Ombudsman highlighted in The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/10/nhs-discharge-system-failing-elderly-patients-says-nhs-ombudsman-report-vulnerable-hospital and covered on BBC Breakfast tells the story…

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Why the story of Carers UK is an inspiration to AWOC

In 1954 Rev Mary Webster gave up work to care for her elderly parents. In the years that followed she had a growing realisation that her problems of providing care, unpaid of course, to her parents while dealing with her own loss of income and freedom would be shared by many other women. In 1963…

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