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21 April 2006

Beyond whistling in the dark - preview
Received wisdom about ageing is often upbeat; witness a selection of titles on my bookshelves: Creative ageing; Older and wiser; The Time of your life
  • The message is that old age can be a time of opportunity
  • However, you wouldn't guess that from three reports on later life just published, which show it as a time of loss: loss of power, loss of dignity and, often, loss of home
  • They advocate changes not only in funding but in retirement patterns and the mind-sets of care agencies

  • The first report, published on 27 March, was the result of research by three influential bodies: the Healthcare Commission, the Audit Commission and the Social Care Commission
  • Disturbingly, it found much evidence of inadequate care and lack of respect for older people

  • Peggy Heeks, Witney MM

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    Isobel Lane, 24 April
    Peggy raises very important issues about equality and social justice with particular regard to older people. The problems that people face as they grow older demonstrate problems that are also faced by other people in our communities. Many old people are cared for at home by friends and relatives who have often had to abandon the lives that they had built in order to do this caring. People with mental illness and many other disabilities are cared for similarly. The government is currently saying that it is concerned about dignity in age. Where is its concern about quality of life and dignity for carers? It is very hard to qualify for Carer's Allowance because it is means tested. Many people who do receive it find that other payments they receive are debited accordingly. I find this very wrong. These people are doing a valuable service for us all, not only those who they care for directly. Lack of appropriate recognition including adequate respite for them has a direct impact on those they care for regardless of how much they love them.



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