Dignity Magazine: Helping older people to thrive
Are you rushed off your feet taking care of your family and your ageing relatives? Would life be easier if you could find information on health and social care, money and pensions, and legal matters all housed under one roof? If so, Dignity Magazine is for you.
Each issue of the magazine contains a wealth of practical information and actionable advice on subjects related to ageing and living well. Such as health and wellbeing, older people’s mental health, work and retirement, and living well on less. We also write about consumer, legal and welfare rights, and the anti ageing activities that can keep everyone happy and healthy.
With the average retirement now spanning 20 plus years, increasing numbers of people are searching for more fulfilling ways to lead their lives. The Common Room aims to help its members, regardless of their age, discover what it is that fires them up and then help realise these dreams so that they can live each day with a sense of purpose, pride and joy.
Other articles include: the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 which gives tenants the power to take their private or social landlords to court if their homes are not fit to live in - a new parliamentary report which shows how the Home Office continues to fail the Windrush generation - the Competition and Markets Authority investigation into the funeral industry - the Impact of optimism and positivity on brain health - Millions missing out on £1,200 Help to Save free bonus cash - Experts call for seniors to be given greater access to talking therapies and social prescribing initiatives - Generous home help grant available to women recovering from illness. Plus the News, Grants, What's On sections and more.
There are 9 million lonely people in the UK, across all age groups. The relentless cuts to local community services are making it harder for everyone to make new friends. Our cover feature looks at how the social networking site Gransnet is helping socially isolated over-50s rediscover their social skills and connect with like-minded individuals, on and offline, thus overcoming loneliness.
Other articles include: How flawed social care assessments are stripping older people of the vital care and support they need to live well - Changes to Pension Credit which could cost mixed-age couples more than £7,000 a year - the National Audit Office is to investigate ‘unfair’ NHS penalty charge notices - how Social prescribing can improve your health, wellbeing and social welfare - the Carers Allowance and the Carer’s Credit - Generous home improvement grant available for homeowners and private tenants - Help to manage a funeral bill. Plus the News, Grants, What's On sections and much more.
Although there is no cure for dementia, there are a number of non-pharmaceutical interventions that are becoming more mainstream. For example, the neuroscientist Dr Lisa Mosconi claims that eating a brain-healthy diet is key to retaining cognitive fitness and to keeping dementia and Alzheimer's disease at bay. Our cover feature examines her work and provides a list of the foods that she recommends we eat and drink to maintain cognitive fitness over the course of our lifetime.
Other articles include: FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitors to become available on prescription - state pension age equalisation and pension inequality - new probate fees to come into force in April - the free interview clothing and advice to help women back into the workplace - BBC OpenLearn series of online courses - Get fit and happy with ballroom and Latin dance classes. Plus the News, Grants, What’s On sections and much, much more.
Over the last four years, two million fewer people have claimed the NHS dental care they are entitled to receive free over fears they could be fined £100 for ‘misclaiming’ their dental treatment. Our cover article explores this issue in depth. It also lists the groups that are exempt from paying for their NHS dental care and details the steps readers can take to challenge a penalty charge notice. We also list the treatment included in each NHS dental band charge and show where to go for help with dental costs.
Other articles include: the new Help to Save scheme - the Trading Times online platform that matches older workers’ skills with the demands of local businesses - the new Property and Trading allowances - the affordable and enjoyable activities that can improve memory and boost happiness - the Learn My Way series of online courses - the low-cost precautions that everyone can take to keep their homes safe from fire and unwanted intruders. Plus the News, Grants, What’s On sections and much more.
Significant numbers of over 50s are making costly mistakes when exercising the pension freedoms. Our cover article looks at a number of new proposals being considered by the Financial Conduct Authority which are designed to help savers avoid making these errors. Our men's health article explores the reluctance among some black men to seek a diagnosis for dementia when they start experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline.
Other articles include: the rise in the number of investigations into the alleged misuse of power of attorneys - HM Revenue & Customs and the pension freedoms tax - the muscle and bone strengthening exercises for the over 50s that can help boost physical and mental fitness - digital literacy and the over 65s - the award programmes helping those wishing to become writers, children's book illustrators and entrepreneurs. Plus the News, Grants, What's On sections and much more.
The Windrush scandal has led to outrage both at home and abroad. Our cover feature examines some of the main issues surrounding the subject. We also provide a round-up of the free legal help and advice available to Windrush generation residents wishing to regularise their immigration status.
Other articles include: the gardening social enterprise helping everyone to benefit from the green spaces around them - the Competition and Markets Authority's investigation into the funeral market amid widespread pricing concerns - your new rights under the Homelessness Reduction Act - the rise in homelessness among seniors - the new Support for Mortgage Interest loan - the affordable holiday centre based in North Yorkshire helping women to take a break - the new Take Control grants. Plus the News, Grants, What's On sections and much more.