TV Licence Means Testing for the over 75’s

The BBC announced this week that the free TV licence for the over 75’s is to be means tested in the future. This will cause financial hardship to many people.

Its worth checking the website and using the pension credit calculator to see how much you might get. See below for an example from the website:

What you’ll get

Your circumstances Guarantee Credit per week Savings Credit per week
Single people Top up to £167.25 Up to £13.73
Couples Top up to £255.25 Up to £15.35

You might get more if you’re a carer, severely disabled, responsible for a child or young person, or have certain housing costs.


Dementia Action Week is this week!

Dementia Action Week – encourages everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia that they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, start talking today.

Saying ‘hello’ and smiling warmly is just the start. Having patience to wait for an answer to give the person time to forumlate thier thoughts is the next.

Singing and Dementia

Last night there was a programme on BBC1 called ‘ Our Dementia Choir With Vicky McClure‘ – a must watch programme showing the benefits of singing for those who suffer with the condition. Having been to something similar myself with clients, you can see the joy and happiness singing has on everyone concerned, and how easily the words flow  when you would least expect it sometimes. Some memories do not fade with time. 

In Sheffield get in touch with the Alzheimers Society to find out how to join a singing group on a monthly basis.

Elderly Care of the Future?

The BBC has reported that the government is looking to set up funding elderly care in a similar way to how the state pension is managed currently. This will be by introducing additional national insurance contributions for the over 50’s, amounting to an extra £300 annually to create a fairer social system, which is currently under huge pressure to cope with the demands of our aging population. At the moment social care is not funded the same from one area to another making it a postcode lottery. People will be able to supplement payments to get a more expensive level of support. Details of the plans will be released in due course. One to follow I think!