This blog is about an issue which isn’t considered particularly sexy. Whenever it does make the news, it’s usually reported as something that only affects our grannies. By the end of the decade it will be eating up a large part of your hard-earned council tax when spending will exceed 45% of your council’s budget. Successive governments over the past 20 years have pledged to tackle it and then subsequently chickened out.
In the UK alone more than a thousand people die from falls on the stairs each year, and falls in older people cost the NHS over £1 billion per year.
Three fifths of people aged 65 and over in the UK have never used the internet. At 80 years-old, Keith Peterson describes how using and teaching how to use the web has the potential to help others out of their isolation, as over one in ten older people admit to often feeling lonely.
One of the first stories I heard when I joined Age UK was from a woman whose son and his young family had emigrated to Australia. Hearing how she was still able to see her grandchildren open Christmas presents and how the youngest came up to the screen to kiss his grandmother reminded me of the opportunities the Internet can offer to keep us in touch with those we care about.
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