Independent Age in the News
Over-65s 'still at risk of loneliness'
In an exclusive with the Guardian, Independent Age launched a Tackling Loneliness briefing, highlighting that for those who were lonely before the pandemic, the easing of restrictions will not be a 'silver bullet'. The story was later picked up by other outlets, including Yahoo with advice on what to do if you are feeling lonely, and Charity Today.
5 Things Missing from Queen's Speech
Deborah Alsina expresses disappointed at the lack of detail in the government's adult social care announcement in the Queens Speech. Read the full quote on the HuffPost.
Charities lament missed social care opportunity
Charities and the care sector comment on the lack of details on adult social care in today's Queens Speech. Deborah Alsina calls on the government to "meet the moment and deliver bold reforms". Read the full quote on the Evening Standard.
Independent Age: Guidance on Pension Credit
Simon Hewett-Avison, Director of Services at Independent Age, spoke to CardRates.com about healthy independent living, social connections, and financial security for people over 65.
Charity calls for more bereavement support funding
Deborah Alsina calls for the government to prioritise funding for bereavement services as our research reveals that up to 290,000 people aged 65 and over have lost a partner since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Gillian who has regular contact with an Independent Age volunteer also discusses the challenges she has faced losing a husband during the pandemic. Read the full article on the Morning Star
Losing a partner can be overwhelming
In response to the passing of Prince Philip, Head of Policy Morgan Vine is interviewed on bereavement and discusses the type of support The Queen will need after losing a lifelong partner. Read the full interview, including information on our bereavement services on the Evening Standard.
Prince Philip: Experts talk about bereavement
Head of Policy Morgan Vine discusses the issues those is later can face when losing a partner, highlighting that one in 10 bereaved older people experience "complicated grief", a condition similar to PTSD. Discover what else Morgan had to say about bereavement on The Observer.
Lack of funding for bereavement services
FOI request by Independent Age reveals that less than a quarter of local bodies in England have provided extra bereavement support during the Covid-19 pandemic. An "inconsistent approach" is creating a postcode lottery for bereavement services. Read the full article on the Daily Mail.
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