Grey matters: growing older in deprived areas: a guide for donors and grant-makers

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Botham, Claudia; Lumley, Tristan
New Philanthropy Capital
Date of publication
1 December 2004
Older Adults
Social welfare
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This document serves as a guide for donors and funders seeking to assist charities working with older adults in deprived areas. People aged 60 and over make up a large, and rising, proportion of the UK. As a group defined only by age, older people show as much variation in background, lifestyle, wealth and health as the rest of the population. Some of the problems older people face are made more difficult because of pervasive ageism, the chronic nature of problems faced throughout life, and the relatively low priority of older people on social agendas. While most have adequate incomes, active social lives and access to basic services, those who do not may find it harder to identify problems and find solutions. NPC estimates that 1.8 million older people in the UK experience a combination of poverty, isolation and exclusion. While some government initiatives address this, they often do not help those most in need. Charities that work with older people face a constant battle to survive, because other charitable causes are much more popular. Twice as many people give to organisations working with animals as those who give to charities supporting older people and terms like the elderly and old distance us from the problems older people can face, and deny these issues are anything to do with us. This report outlines the role of the charitable sector and independent funding in the area of poverty and exclusion among older people.

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