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News Our ageing population: news and resources round up
The UK is not prepared to cope with an expected explosion of older people according to a new report. Here we round up news stories, multimedia and teaching resources for you to explore the issues in class
From 2010 to 2030 there is expected to be a 50% increase in people aged 65 and over and the UK is by in no position to cope unless big changes are made, according a special inquiry by the House of Lords. The peers have blamed successive governments for turning a blind eye to the problem.
So how will our ageing population impact on the UK and what steps can we take to make it work? This news round up pulls together the latest stats, stories and teaching resources to investigate our ageing population in the geography and PSHE classroom - and beyond.
From the Guardian
Britain 'woefully' under-prepared for explosion of elderly people
A news story which outlines the House of Lords inquiry on the issues surrounding our ageing population. Helpful for finding out about the policy recommendations including radical changes to the NHS and social care.
Old age should not be approached with horror
Brilliant comment piece by Yvonne Roberts (aged 65) on how ageing is no longer an orderly chronological process. Whereas people used to think 65 was synonymous with senility, now Yvonne has reached that age she has a teenage daughter still living at home and a mother living 70 miles away aged 90. We can see the opinions expressed in the article could spark lively student debates.
One million older workers
Ten years ago there were 500,000 people in work over the retirement age of 65. Now there are nearly one million and this has come at the expense of employing younger staff. What do students think about this?
100 years old and still working - video
Jim Clements is 100 years old and works for a security firm in Essex after becoming bored of retirement. Altogether he has worked full time for 86 years and has no plans to retire.
Another senior citizen still working hard...
At the tender age of 76, Pope Francis, is considered rather young to be elected heading up the Roman Catholic church. This video profiles the 266th pontiff. Off topic, but it's also fun to work out who Pope Francis looks like (Jim Bowen is our favourite).
Oldest marathon runner - video
Meet Fauja Singh, who took up running aged 89 after the death of his son. Now at 101 he has just completed what he says will be his final competitive run, although he has no plans to stop running as a hobby.
Stop older people feeling lonely
This heartfelt plea from a care worker for younger people to do their bit to help ease the relentless loneliness endured by many older people, will be an excellent prompt for school children to take action in their local communities.
Increasing social care demands
A demographics prof explains exactly why our population is ageing and the proportion of older men is increasing.
On the Guardian Teacher Network
The human life cycle
This resource aimed at key stage 3 pupils investigates the stages of the human life cycle from birth to old age in relation to anatomical physiological changes, including the physical and endocrinal changes associated with ageing.
A geography lesson pack on reasons for rapid population growth and the effects and policies to slow population down.
Topic guide to population growth
This guide from Debating Matters explores the idea that population growth and a rise in living standards are unsustainable.
An interactive lesson looks at how population changes over time, explaining the relationship between health, population characteristics and economic development, including the causes of vibrations in death rates.
Filth and fever in Victorian England
A wonderful resource from the British Library exploring the stark levels of life expectancy of the British population in first half of the nineteenth century, due to dreadful conditions in sanitation and health care. Unsurprisingly there weren't so many older people around in then. Fascinating to compare with the present day.
Growing up, growing older
As Maurice Chevalier famously observed "old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative". This resource from the Poetry Society to encourages young people to think about growing older, one's history and future.
The best of the web
Ready for ageing?
The Report from the Lords select committee which has caused such a stir this week does actually make fascinating reading and contains some radical ideas. It has been heralded first attempt to provide a passport for older life that treats over 60s as active citizens rather than liabilities.
Phillips Committee report from 1954
So the government is woefully underprepared for our ageing population... it shouldn't really be such a surprise as the Phillips report raised the concern almost 60 years ago - and you can read it here.
Contact the elderly
This charity organises regular Sunday afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live with little or no social support. Find out how you can get involved.
Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK, and with the new positive name comes a new attitude. Age UK is a great source of info on all matters surrounding life for the over 65s.
The British Red Cross
The Red Cross provide valuable support to vulnerable people including the elderly - here's what and how.
WikiHow to respect older people
Nine steps on how to respect our elders, from reflecting on your own ageism and sharing memories.
Another charity which makes a difference to the lives of older people and would love you or your school to volunteer. The charity was founded 70 years ago to support local communities in need and was originally known as Women's Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions.