Two-thirds of older people polled by older people’s housing and care charity Anchor believe MPs are ignoring the issues which matter most to Britain’s older generation.
The stark result is published ahead of an impending white paper on social care reform and comes…Continue
Added by Kathryn on May 25, 2012 at 9:30 — No Comments
Here's the joke, sent by an equally grey-haired neighbour:
To save the economy, David Cameron will announce shortly that he is ordering the Home Office to start deporting old people (instead of illegal immigrants) in order to lower the Pension and Benefits Bill and NHS Costs.
Why? Well it makes sense:
Old people are easier to catch, and will not remember how to get back home!
I started crying when I thought of you.
RUN OLD FRIEND RUN!!!
This is something we should all read at least once a week! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio:
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written..
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small…Continue
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 24, 2012 at 11:29 — No Comments
My Mam and Dad used to say that I was enormously handsome. I wonder if I really am.
To be enormously handsome... Sarah used to say to me that you need to have curly hair like she has.
To be enormously handsome... Justin used to tell me that I would have to have perfectly straight white teeth like he has.
To be enormously handsome... Jessica used to let me know that you can't have any of those little brown dots on your face called…Continue
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 23, 2012 at 14:45 — No Comments
A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to be invited on a whale watching expedition off the coast of San Francisco. A bumpy two hour ride out, a lot of horizon searching and then the whalers’ cry ‘Tha She Blows’! To see the fountain of expelled air is exciting enough, but then to see the animal itself, to watch its huge back break the waves and the fluke (tail) flick up as the whale dives deep again is truly heart-warming.
That day I watched two…Continue
One song can spark a moment
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest
One bird can herald spring
One smile begins a friendship
One handclasp lifts a soul
One star can guide a ship at sea
One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness
One laugh will conquer gloom
One step must start each journey
One word must start a…Continue
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 22, 2012 at 14:57 — No Comments
I thought it might be helpful, to those considering going to Birmingham Settlement for support/advice, and those who have friends/family who are considering them - it's a very positive testimony. None of the content is confidential - I believe in the power of honesty:
Best wishes to all, whatever your struggles
Lilac is (I'm sorry for saying this) an unprepossessing shrub when not in flower. And we wait a very long time for it to flower. And it doesn't flower for long. But when it does, WOW! As soon as I spot some, I bury my face in it. People can be like that: we can wait a long time for 'flowering', through many years of suffering and being bashed about by life. But when the time for flowering comes, it can be spectacular - almost miraculous. I believe older people understand that life isn't a…Continue
Added by Jan Tchamani on May 13, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments
Hi, just thought I'd tell you a bit about myself. I'm a pebble and I live on a beach with thousands of others like myself. Although we all come in different shapes and sizes, we are individual and have problems just like any other pebbles.We were once mighty rocks and boulders,but things have worn us down, wind and rain etc over the years. We gather together like this because we…Continue
We are at a crucial moment for social care. Tomorrow is the Queen’s Speech when the Government will set out their legislative programme for the forthcoming session of Parliament.
We need you to tell the Prime Minister that, alongside funding reform, we want a new law on social care to be included in the Queen’s Speech. Otherwise, older and disabled people will have to…Continue
Added by Grey Pride on May 8, 2012 at 17:45 — No Comments
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams .. If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." ~ Jack Handy WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell…Continue
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 8, 2012 at 10:17 — No Comments
A farmer stopped by the local mechanics shop to have his truck fixed. They couldn't do it while he waited, so he said he didn't live far and would just walk home.
On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a gallon of paint. He then stopped by the feed store and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, struggling outside the store he now had a problem - how to carry his entire purchases home.
While he was scratching his head he…Continue
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 8, 2012 at 10:11 — No Comments
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 8, 2012 at 10:05 — No Comments
May you find happiness in every direction your paths take you
May you never lose your sense of wonder, and may you hold on to the sense of humor you use to brighten the lives of everyone who knows you.
May you go beyond the ordinary steps and discover extraordinary results.
Added by Stephen Gerard Scullion on May 2, 2012 at 15:32 — No Comments
A conversation I had this weekend with family members spanning three generations has got me wondering about days gone by and how we remember the past.
Much is made of decades gone past being safer, we all seem to remember a time when our neighbourhoods were more friendly and we knew people better, when we would leave the door on the latch, children would play out and neighbours were…Continue