3“Life is not over once you hit 85 “Life is not over once you hit 85. In fact, most people over this age are rather independent, feel that their health is good, enjoy a good quality of life, and have more than a few years of life left”(Understanding the Oldest Old - Age UK 2013).
4Why do old people always sit by me on the bus?! I'm peado bate I swear I hope I don't smell like old people when I'm oldhate when old people smell of weeOld people that win money should be forced to hand it overEastbourne we are over run with old people
5Old people remind me of cute little pugs Find old people so cuteOld people are so nice and chatty, awwThese sick f***s who abuse old people need to be shot!
6HSCIC: 2012-13 Adult Safeguarding 18-64: 40% 65-74: 12% 75-84: 22% 85 and over 26%
7Men over 85: Increased risk of physical and financial abuse Women over 85: Increased risk of neglect (UK Study of Abuse and Neglect of Older People Prevalence Survey Report)
8Even minor injuries can cause serious and permanent damage Physical abusePhysical abuse can be especially serious because older people’s bones are thinner and take longer to healEven minor injuries can cause serious and permanent damage
1162% approached by unscrupulous cold callers or doorstep sales people Scams prevalence70% of older people routinely targeted by rogue traders over the telephone40% of older people in the UK with dementia regularly targeted by scam mail62% approached by unscrupulous cold callers or doorstep sales people
14Local Domestic Abuse policies should specifically include older people The needs of older people who experience domestic abuse are differentBe aware of, and understand the new definition of domestic abuse and understand potential remedies such as Domestic Violence Protection Orderspsychologicalphysicalsexualfinancialemotional
16Abandon the ‘deficit conception of ageing’ What can we do?Abandon the ‘deficit conception of ageing’Make sure dignity and respect for the oldest old are part of any servicesIdentify what makes the difference between services for the oldest old that effectively prevent abuse and those that fail to do this
17Consider Domestic Abuse. What can we do?Consider Domestic Abuse.For many older people this will be the first contact they have had with social services. Be sensitive.
18Think about the positive outcomes that the draft Care Bill may have What can we do?Think about the positive outcomes that the draft Care Bill may haveSupport your local Age UK – they have great resources and access to great insight!
19Gabriel Garcia Marquez “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams”