Top 10 Films with Heroes Who are Over 60 Years Old


It happens to all of us. It’s as certain as taxes and the tacky antics of reality television ‘stars.’  We will all die one day. Now flashback as far as you can…five years, a decade, two or more and see how much has changed. Do you like the same music? Do you support the same political party? Are you with someone you love, or have you lost your ability to simply feel said emotion. Time takes its toll, and in the end, what we don’t learn from its passage predicts our inability to deal with what’s ahead. Here is the list of top 10 films about Old People:


10        Gran Torino

9          The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

8          Harry and Tonto

7          Tokyo Story

6          Tatie Danielle

5          Strangers in Good Company

4          The Straight Story

3          Up

2          Away from Her

1          The Up Series

Unfair government policy for the elderly

elderly would suffer from unfair policyAccording to a recent report, new drugs would only be licensed for the NHS if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the health watchdog. Pharmaceutical firms warned the move could mean that new medicines being denied to the elderly.With the new policy taking place, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will have to take into account ‘wider societal benefits’ alongside the cost of medication and its life-enhancing properties. Many industry experts expressed concern that vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, may lose out because they do not contribute as much to society as younger people.

Scuttlebutt from sources close to the Health Secretary insisted that the proposal was at an early stage and that he would intervene if the elderly were being discriminated against. This is irresponsible scaremongering based on pure speculation about a consultation that has not even started. It is absolutely not true to say that older people will not get treatment because of their age. For us, we will wait and see.


Dr. Raja shares his passion and knowledge with CHJ

What do you enjoy the most about working in care home industry?

For me, working in the care industry is a passion and a vocation giving me an opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable people every day whilst affording me a tremendous amount of satisfaction and achievement. Of course, it is incredibly challenging but because of the diversity and uniqueness of every person we support and the situations faced, no one day is the same and its great to be able to apply my passion and creativity with a team equally as dedicated and driven, to achieve positive outcomes.
What is the key issue facing the care home industry in this country?

Senior couple at home with many bills

Clearly the main headline grabber is rightly the underfunding of the sector whilst costs escalate. This takes providing excellent services to the breaking point where staff aren’t paid meaningfully and services cannot be further invested in to improve. To make matters worse, the ever changing and ever increasing burdens of bureaucracy and red tape are stifling at best and confusing and demotivating at worst.

There are examples of good quality services that have closed and are facing distress. Staff morale and improvements within others are problematic and the media’s negative portrayal of the sector is disheartening. The threats and challenges from all sides diminish further the capacity and resilience to continue the fight to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society. Everybody in the sector is affected from front line care staff through management to owners and directors. In fact the sector deserves credit more than ever for its compassion, warmth and care when it feels very exploitative since so much is built upon the extra mile….. above and beyond that is given by those, most often women, that enter the profession because of a heartfelt commitment to caring.

In a world where austerity rules supreme where government support is reducing and health costs are rising, how challenging has it been for the care home industry? What are some steps you home have taken to manage through the current climate of economic uncertainty?

We have focussed our efforts even more on being closer to service users and front line staff and to empower and support them to assist in maintaining excellent relationships and communication which helps to improve the service experienced by all. We have applied technology to take the burden of many aspects that previously distracted from the time and costs of managing and administering the service including introduction of computer systems, iPads and mobile phones for remote staff which link in with planning and finance.

We have streamlined and restructured our management and moved more people from the office out into the places where people receive care and support and have adopted management functions that break away from service lines but are more responsive in terms of the support people and the organisation needs.

What are some of the areas that the care home industry can improve?

Individual homes and organisations have often been isolated and very bunkered in their outlook and it is now more important than ever for greater unity in the sector. From keeping in touch with local providers, sharing knowledge and resources through to formal membership of local and national trade associations, will help keep knowledge up to date with best and innovative practice whilst possibly opening up opportunities for growth and development and reduction of costs and improving quality as a result.

We as a sector need to celebrate success better. So much happens day in day out within our services we provide yet we too are modest and humble to the point that the only stories that are heard are the bad ones. We should shout from the rooftops about our achievements and success and make sure the local community is engaged and aware of what we do. So many of us hold and take part in Open days, craft fairs, are involved with local churches, colleges and other community groups and activities for example but how many of these feature in news articles let alone interviews?

A strong unified voice representing providers in the sector, sending clear messages to stakeholders including the public as well as commissioners and the government is needed now more than ever and Care England will undoubtedly build on the success of the National Care Association and the English Community Care Association following merger on the 1st january 2014 and will help shape the sector in a way that works for service users and service providers.




Dr. Asif Raja bio:

A lifelong commitment to health and social care has seen Dr Raja apply himself to make a positive difference as a founder and Managing Director of SummerCare. He has championed improvements in the quality of services and is a Director of the National Care Association, a Board Member of the Care England Transition Board, trustee of Shields people parliament, Board Member of the National Leadership Forum and a member of the steering group of the Driving up Quality Alliance.

care-home-great british care awardsHe was recognised as the Best Employer in the country by The Great British Care Awards in 2013 as well as for excellence in customer service in the 2013 Business Awards as well as for his contribution to the community in the 2012 Business Awards.  A prominent national contribution has seen him recognised as one of the top 30 Social Care Leaders in the country as well as a Care Personality in the National Care Awards 2012.

Cameron hopes to tackle dementia


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that a cure for dementia could be found within 12 year. He also urged that leading nations needed to increase the amount of cash spent fighting the disease in a bid to defeat it for good and would like a cure to be available by 2025.David Cameron promises to tackle dementia

The striking announcement came at the end of a global summit on dementia organised by David Cameron in his role chairing the G8 club of the world’s richest nations.

The PM claimed today was the day ‘the global fightback really started’. He said in the summit that this is disease steals lives, wrecks families and breaks hearts.If we are to beat dementia, we must also work globally, with nations, business and scientists from all over the world working together as we did with cancer, and with HIV and Aids. This is going to be a bigger and bigger issue, the key is to keep pushing.

In the NHS, the aim is to ensure that diagnosis rates rise from below half to more than two-thirds. Mr Hunt likened dementia to how cancer used to be. He said cancer funding for research only started pouring in once we stopped sweeping it under the carpet.

Private care homes are profit driven

Here is another recent article published online about how care home providers are commercially motivated by profit.


Following the deaths of residents of an Edinburgh care home that police called into, providers cannot be trusted to care for our old and frail relatives, whilst scooping up the very generous Scottish Government free-care-for-the-elderly funding, to line the pockets of shareholders. They just grab the money and provide as little care as they can get away care homes are profit driven

I unfortunately had a relative placed in such a care home for a short time three years ago. The home had a very good Care Commission report. At our visit in advance of her moving in, we were shown the best facilities on the sunniest side of the building, where residents requiring the leastamount of care were accommodated.

My sister required the maximum of nursing and personal care for which they charged over £1200 per week. We were promised a special hospital bed and full nursing care. When she arrived she was placed in a tiny, dark room, at the back of the home, with the least sunshine.

No special bed was available, so mattresses were put on the floor to break her fall if she fell out of bed. Her room was in need of decoration, was dirty and smelly as the en-suite toilet extractor system did not work, and the toilet was being used mainly for storage. The room was the furthest away from the nursing station and on our very first visit we arrived to find that my sister was hoarse from screaming out for help, as her alarm system was not working.

Fortunately we were able to move my sister to another Edinburgh care home, the not-for-profit Viewpoint Housing Association St Raphael’s where for the last two years of her life she had the highest possible quality of care provided for the same weekly amount.

This surely is the sort of level of care that all of our relatives should be getting. But sadly there is no doubt in my mind that when the commercial, private providers get the contracts they simply revert to their usual behaviour of putting profit before care for our elderly.

Max Cruickshank, Iona Ridge, Hamilton

Religious beliefs are a load of nonsense

What nonsense from Veronica Wikman about so-called “indoctrination” at religious observance times in Scottish schools (Letters, September 17).

This is untrue and repeating the untruth does not render it any more accurate.

Gus Logan, York Road, North Berwick

Home for Trident . . how about London?

Much has been made, particularly by the “No” campaign about the difficulties of relocating Trident but, it seems to me, by including our friends in the equation, there are numerous possibilities.

The Westminster government could approach Ireland.

They have plenty of deep water inlets and might well be persuaded, provided the site was more than 20 miles from Dublin.

If the Irish said no, what about Norway? They have even more in the way of deep water so perhaps they might oblige if it was not too near Oslo.

Another option might be Iceland, although they may take the view that they have enough in the way of natural explosives in the shape of volcanoes.

What about New Zealand? They have a smaller population than Scotland and close ties to the “Old Country” but oops, I forgot, New Zealand, for some silly reason is non-nuclear.

However, I have carelessly omitted the most obvious choice of all . . . the Thames Estuary.

This is suitably close to England’s largest centre of population, and, as The Act of Union from 1707, Clause VI states: “All parts of the United Kingdom shall have the same Allowances, Encouragements and Drawbacks.”

This poses the question –Why has poor old London missed out on its share of Trident?

Joseph G Miller, Gardeners Street, Dunfermline

care-home-expensive-Private care homes are profit drivenBig-hearted Capital folk work wonders

I AM writing to thank you and your readers for the support you’ve shown so far for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland shops’ Great British Bag-athon.

BHF shops across the UK are aiming to raise one million bags of unwanted things throughout the month of September so we really need people in the Capital to join in, have a clear out and donate bags of unwanted things to their local BHF Scotland shop.

Taking part is easy, fill up one bag or several with unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, books, DVDs and homewares and donate to your local BHF Scotland shop.

Every bag your readers fill makes a real difference in the fight for every heartbeat and could be worth £20 to BHF Scotland, helping to fund life-saving research in the fight against heart disease.

If you have lots of things to donate, why not take on a Bag-athon challenge and aim to raise anything from five, ten or even 15 bags for BHF Scotland shops?

You can even ask friends and family to help you reach your target – the more you bag, the more researchers the BHF can fund and the more lives they can save.

For more information on the Great British Bag-athon visit or pop into your local shop.

Best wishes and good luck!

Pauline Davie, area manager for BHF Scotland shops, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

The world’s first dementia-friendly city is LONDON


care-home-The world’s first dementia-friendly city is LONDON

London has became the first dementia-friendly city in the world with initiatives such as training bus drivers to spot the signs of dementia and making historic royal palaces more accessible to what is estimated to be around 70,000 people living with dementia in the capital.

There was a launch of Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance at City Hall and is made up of a collection of organisations, businesses and people committed to improving the lives of people with dementia in London including the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service, London Councils, the Royal Academy of Arts, Transport of London, Historic Royal Palaces and Alzheimer’s society.

The founding of Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance aims to address the isolation that many people living with dementia can feel and we are delighted to see so many of London’s greatest attractions and services committing to helping Londoners live well with dementia.

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David Cameron wants to improve protection of older and disabled people from abuse

care-home-David Cameron wants to improve protection of older and disabled people from abuse

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to look into relevant laws and regulations to seek more protection of older and disabled people from abuse and neglect.

Mr. Cameron is considering many proposals and the proposed change to legislation would ensure a believed case of abuse or neglect is detected and acted upon. Many charities, care homes and NGOs have welcomed that Government’s commitment to bring in changes to ensure that care home and care agency bosses are properly held to account if they preside over a culture of abuse and neglect.

The commitment was given to a delegation including Action on Elder Abuse, a charity working to protect older and vulnerable people from further incidents of abuse and neglect. The chief executive Gary was pleased that the Prime Minister has recognised the importance of the changes we are proposing, and will look again at how legislation can be improved. Thousands of older people are abused each year and theirs is a silent scream of pain and suffering.

Health Secretary announces NHS changes which benefit the elderly

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt reveals fundamental changes to the NHS in an attempt to improve the care of elderly people.

care-home-Health Secretary announces NHS changes which benefit the elderly

On 10 September, he pledged the Government’s commitment to improving the care of vulnerable older people, who are often admitted to Ambulance and Emergency (A&E) department as they are unable to access the care and support they need elsewhere.

Over the last 10 years, the number of people visiting A&E departments in England has risen by 32 per cent, with people over the age of 65 representing 68 per cent of NHS emergency bed use. The Department of Health believes they are the group most at risk of failures to provide seamless care due to their vulnerability. During his speech, Mr Hunt revealed how 53 NHS Trusts will spend £250m of £500m extra funding made available by the Government to tackle the pressures on A&E departments, with some of the cash being used to integrate services, increase district nursing and improve social care.

He mentioned that this winter (2013) is going to be tough as the reason why this coalition government is acting now to make sure patients receive a great, safe service, even with the added pressures the cold weather brings – but this is a serious, long-term problem, which needs fundamental change to equip our A&Es for the future. In the long-term, he wants a 24/7 service which recognises patients as individuals and looks out for them proactively. Starting with our most vulnerable, this Government is going to support the NHS in doing exactly that.

Council care homes run out of favour

The city’s council-managed OAP care homes have 465 residential beds, but only 297 are currently occupied, leaving 168 (40 per cent) vacant spaces. The figures have emerged as Leeds City Council’s decision-making executive board prepares to vote on proposals to close four of the city’s council-run care homes in a bid to streamline services, and ultimately slash £4m a year from the city’s overall social services costs.

Seventy six OAPs would have to be rehoused if the proposals get the go-ahead. Under-occupation forms part of the key rationale for the planned overhaul of adult social care in Leeds. care-home-couple-sit,Council care homes run out of favour

Leeds City Council also currently funds 2,136 people in private-sector residential care homes, meaning it pays for a total of 2,433 bed spaces. The council insists the choice of a council-run or private bed space is down to the client. If they choose an independent home, and they are eligible for council funding, the authority will pay for them to stay in their chosen facility.

The city’s director of adult social care, Sandie Keene, said an ever-increasing choice of gleaming new privately run homes, and a range of semi-independent living options which are preferred by many older people, had meant that “there are more vacancies than there need to be” in Leeds’s council-run homes.

“We have been supporting fewer people in residential care over time,” she said. “So we have had to look across the city at how much residential care we need. In the context of the pressures of the council, it’s wise and sensible to think about making sure we have got just the right number of vacancies for the number of people who need care.”

As a result, two out of five Leeds’ council-run care homes are lying empty as more and more older people opt for modern, privately run facilities or semi-independent living. Subsequently, council care homes are running out of favour.

Half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown

The NHS is to be given a £500m bailout to Accident & Emergency departments across England after warnings that the system is on the brink of collapse. After chaos in hospitals across the country in spring, senior managers warned that the system could collapse within a year without major changes and extra money. Senior doctors likened A&E units to “warzones” in May, with medics fighting a losing battle to cope with an increasing tide of patients, while the head of the NHS watchdog said the system had become “out of control”.care-home-NHS-Half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown

The Government is expected to announce half a billion pounds rescue package to save A&E, spread over two years, Health Service Journal has reported, with the money due to go to around 50 hospitals which struggled the most last winter. While the A&E units will welcome the bailout, the move is likely to be controversial, as it will be seen as a “reward for failure” in only giving funding to the hospitals which coped worst last winter. The money will come from underspends within the Department of Health’s central budget.

The British Medical Association said it was a sign that austerity had failed. Prime Minister David Cameron accepted it was a “short-term measure” and that more needed to be done to improve A&E. The money – which will come from existing budgets – will be deployed in A&E units and linked community services, such as pharmacies. It comes after MPs said “confusing” and “contradictory” information relating to NHS crisis plans raised questions about whether the service would be in a position to cope better next winter.

Just like the title said, half a billion pounds to save A&E as NHS in meltdown.