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Travel, friendship and caring

In her latest News Space blog, Age Space’s Annabel James looks at news about dementia, elderly care and more…

50/50 chance of being a carer by age 50

Women can expect to take on caring responsibilities for an older, sick or disabled relative more than a decade earlier than men.

Research by Sheffield and Birmingham universities shows half of women will care by the age of 46, compared with half of men, for whom the age is 57.

Most carers are middle-aged – almost half (46%) aged 46 to 65 – and the average person has a 50-50 chance of becoming a carer by the age of 50, according to the researchers’ data. Read more on this from BBC News

This is why we set up Age Space – to provide a place to find out practical information when you most need it and a support network that shows you’re not alone!

Age is no barrier to travel

Age Space Podcast - Travel in Old Age with Debbie Marshall

As a Which? report suggests that older people are being prevented from travelling by the rocketing cost of travel insurance and other expenses, we are delighted to here from our friends at Silver Travel Advisor that it isn’t all doom and gloom.

Listen to our latest podcast where we talk to Debbie Marshall, who is the founder and managing director of Silver Travel Advisor, on why age isn’t a barrier to travel. In fact, older people are more than ready to enjoy a range of holiday experiences!

Silver Line and loneliness

A short film depicting the heartbreaking story of a woman celebrating her anniversary with her late husband has been released.

The emotional three-minute film has been produced by filmmaker Phil Beastall for The Silver Line, a charity that supports older people who are experiencing loneliness. Watch it below

Friends – it’s quality, not quantity!

Meanwhile, having hundreds of friends on Facebook is no substitute for a handful of close friends in real life, a study has found.

Researchers discovered that people with only a few friends were at least as happy as those with far more if many of theirs were online.

Middle-aged and older people with fewer but closer friends said they were more satisfied. Read more here

Independent living with extra care

An extra-care housing scheme in Northampton is helping older people stay independent for longer.

Balmoral Place has been developed by housing and care provider Mears Group.

It focusses on extra-care, which it sees as tapping into huge demand from older people who want the combination of their own front door, company when they want it and the security of knowing care is on hand. Read more about this in The Guardian’s article

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