Care homes should become community hubs as part of a bid to end ‘growing age apartheid” in the UK, a report urges.
‘A Country for All Ages’ by think tank United for All Ages says care homes should be opened up to people and families of all ages.
Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, said: “Britain is increasingly divided by age and by generation. Ending age apartheid and promoting social integration between generations can help build communities and a country for all ages, where we are united not divided. In Brexit Britain that is an ambition worth pursuing in 2017.
“By sharing our concerns and interests and sharing our experiences and community activities across generations, we can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages. Starting in our neighbourhoods and communities, we can all take responsibility to make it happen. In our ageing society this is the big challenge for social innovation in 2017 and beyond.”
The report highlights a number of ways to bridge the age divide, including moving students into care homes, using community facilities to host joint activities for the old and pre-school children and hosting intergenerational activities in care homes such as cocktail parties.
Jane Ashcroft, CEO of Anchor, (pictured) told the report’s authors: “To really foster social integration among people of different generations, it is crucial they can come together in local communities.”
A recent poll of older people found 78% didn’t think their town suited their needs, preventing them from leaving their homes.
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To read the report, click here.