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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Today we launch “Our Voices” a report based on focus groups and interviews with people ageing without children. The aim of the report is to give space to the thoughts, ideas and feelings of people ageing without children and as such there is one key message. That message is; please listen and then reflect on…

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Language matters – please don’t call us elder orphans

We know that language matters hugely – witness the huge efforts by people with dementia to eradicate using the word “sufferer” or “victim” to describe people living with dementia.   We asked people ageing without children what they thought of the term elder orphan; this is what they said ”’elder’ implies to me more wisdom…

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The end of social care

The ILC/Age UK paper “the end of formal adult social care?” http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/the_end_of_formal_adult_social_care is a must read for anyone interested in social care and older people. It highlights the ever increasing gap between the numbers of people who need social care & the numbers of people who actually get it & the consequent increased reliance on…

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Reflecting on ageing without children

It’s good to take stock now and then and reflect on things that matter so passionately to you. International day of older people seems a good day to reflect on ageing without children, what we’ve achieved, the disappointments and most importantly where we are trying to get to. Every time I remind myself that 1.2…

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Not all older people are grandparents

One of the many consequences of there being more people ageing without children is that more and more people are not, and never will be grandparents. 1 in 5 people over 50 have no children and therefore of course no grandchildren. In addition there are many more older people who do have children but those…

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“Alone and in hospital……frightening” quote from respondent to AWOC survey

Last week, Healthwatch England published their report “Safely home: What happens when people leave hospital and care settings?”; it made for sobering if unsurprising reading. They highlighted 5 main reasons for the problems people encountered focused around delays in getting services, lack of coordination, lack of communication and people on the receiving end of services…

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