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Information and advice

Information and advice

Our information can help you get the most out of older age. Read about topics including saving money, getting help at home, staying independent and planning for the future.

Unseen woman working out financesWhat does the new financial year mean for me?
Read about the main changes for the new financial year, including changes to benefit rates, tax allowances and the State Pension.
An older woman on the phoneIs there any extra money I could be claiming?
Do you know what benefits you might be able to claim? Read about some of the key ones available to older people
An older man talking with carerPaying for care
If you're working out how to pay for care, make sure you’ve considered all your options. Read about how paying for care at home or in a care home works, and what support you can get.
An older manLoneliness
All of us can feel lonely or isolated now and then, whether we live alone or with others, especially at this time. If you're feeling lonely, read about some of the things you can do to help yourself and where you can get support.
Two women reading an Independent Age guideOur free advice guides
Our award-winning information guides cover a range of subjects. Download them or order printed copies.

The information and advice on these pages applies to England. A lot of it will still be relevant to you but we have some other suggestions if you are looking for advice that is specific to other parts of the UK.

If you’re in Wales, contact Age Cymru for information and advice.
In Scotland, contact Age Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, contact Age NI.

We are committed to providing high quality information, and are clear about how we produce our information to make sure it is accurate and trustworthy.

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Woman standing at her front doorHome Truths: Experiences of people in later life during COVID-19
Read our new Home Truths report about the experiences of older people during the pandemic.
A woman using a tabletCan you spot a scam?
Scams often share common features. Try our quiz to find out if you're scamwise.
A couple on a benchDating
Many older people start dating again in later life. Taking the first step might seem scary, but it can be fun and rewarding.

Regular phone calls and visits from Independent Age

At Independent Age, we offer telephone befriending and volunteer visiting services to reduce isolation among older people.