Marion Shoard | Writer : Broadcaster : Speaker

Older People's Issues

I offer advice, give talks and write articles about a wide range of issues which affect older people, from choosing appropriate housing to eating a nutritious diet, maximising income to surviving a hospital stay, getting around city centres if you have a disability to finding romance in later life.

My mother spent time in three care homes in the late 1990s and the treatment of people in these establishments has been an enduring interest of mine ever since. You can read the story of my personal experience of the care field here Dementia - The Day I Abducted My Mother. A hundred pages of my Survival Guide to Later Life deal with choosing and living in a care home, and I have reported on the selection of care homes and how to remain happy in them in the annual publication Care Select - Choosing a Care Home Choosing a Care Home.

Elderly ActivitiesBut the experience of later life during the 21st century has in fact seen improvements on many fronts. One is in the ways in which people in care facilities such as care homes are treated. Another is the freedom to customise our relationships with other people. The growing fashion of ‘living-apart-together’ often suits older people who have formed a romantic attachment but wish to preserve their domestic and financial security. I explore LAT relationships in an article in the University of the Third Age magazine Third Age Matters in 2016. Other fields in which I have a particular interest include:

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Books

My A Survival Guide to Later Life, published in 2004, covers a range of topics in fields such as housing choices, maximising income in later life and obtaining practical help in the home and good care in hospital. I believe that many of the problems of old age can be avoided if people plan ahead and become better informed about their rights as well as the range of help available to them.

How to Handle Later Life replaces the Survival Guide and will be published in March 2017.