Agenda for later life from Age UK

Age UK’s annual audit of how public policy is meeting the needs of our ageing population, Agenda for later life, highlights the challenges and opportunities facing older people today.
It says that too many older people, who are finding it hard to cope at home, are being left to fend for themselves. This is because the public services that are supposed to support them are disappearing due to Government cuts. Of particular concern is the lack of funding in health and social care.
Covering money, feeling well, health and care, being safe at home and active in communities the report assesses the situation for older people and sets an agenda for priority action.
On housing the report calls for
• all homes built to lifetime standards,
• more retirement housing
• enable older people to access adaptations and equipment quickly to reduce demands on health and care
• bring homes up to a minimum energy standard.
It also calls for preventative services such as Home Improvement Agencies and handyperson schemes. There is recognition that investing in housing can help to reduce health and care spending and improve the lives of older people. We must continue to press for this investment for all older people living in poor and unsuitable housing.

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