The ‘Clear on Cancer’ campaign highlights the link between heartburn and cancer. Would you think of going to your doctor if you had heartburn most days for three weeks or more? Would you think of going to your doctor if you had indigestion most days for three weeks or more? 59% of people spoken to …
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Do you have a funeral Plan? Have you thought about getting one? What do they cover? Do they save you money or is it just another type of insurance scam? Most funeral plans have two or three levels of cover at varying costs – basic, moderate, premium – all offer something different and are called …
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Do You Use Directory Enquiries?

March 20th, 2015 | Posted by admin in London | Older People - (1 Comments)

If you need a number do you use Directory Enquiries? The old directory service 192? If you do – BEWARE – the costs are astronomical. We have all seen the constant advertising on TV of the 118 118 number and BT’s 118 500 – no wonder they can afford the very high advertising costs – …
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Are You Better Off?

March 19th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People - (0 Comments)

The Chancellor thinks you do, or you should – inflation down to 0.5%; a price war in many of the big high  street supermarkets if you are lucky enough to live near one – especially if it is an Aldi or Lidl.  Some of the gas companies are cutting their tariffs which should reduce bills …
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We recently launched with Positive Ageing in London some research on “Welfare Reform: Older Londoners’ Perspectives” based on case studies of how older people have been affected by changes to employment support and housing benefit, both part of the current government’s “welfare benefits reform” agenda. You can see the report here. Short summaries of the …
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It is a new charitable foundation, independent, with an anticipated lifespan of 10 years and has just been awarded a massive £50m by the Big Lottery. The centre is part of the network of What Works Centres. So why are they doing this project? Over the last few decades there have been changes in average …
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Transport for London are reviewing the accessibility information that they make available via their website, Journey Planner and the open data that allows developers to produce apps. They  want to give older and disabled people more confidence to use the network safely and independently. What do you think of TfL’s information offer to help you …
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The London Ambulance Service has been selected by NHS England to take part in a national pilot, along with South West Ambulance Service. The four-week pilot will involve additional time being added for emergency call takers to assess some calls before despatching an ambulance. We believe that this pilot will enable our call takers to …
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Well – nobody seems to know, but certainly in 2011 it was noted that those aged over 85 were no longer living longer – men apparently are still living longer. It is very confusing – on the one hand we are told millions of people will be living to well over 100 and will of …
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How to Complain About a Pharmacy

March 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

The NHS Complaints System is a minefield and is so complicated – many people are put off even trying it. With pharmacists taking on a much more community role in caring for your health it is important for you to be aware of the system of complaint about either your pharmacy or your pharmacists. As …
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