San Francisco and the other side of luck

I’m in San Francisco for a large and very important conference on ageing, the IAGG (International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology), a great opportunity to learn and exchange ideas. It is also a spectacular city, with wonderful quirks and extraordinary views. But it is a city full of people whose untreated mental health problems have…

2016 inequality, mourning and fear

And so 2016 ends, with more loss of life and more fear. Some hard images to process in our minds, there are the faces of the children who have seen too much in Aleppo, the sinister black lorry where there was a happy Christmas market. And the disturbing feeling that we are losing the ability to…

Any hope for Cinderella? Long-term care financing in England

Long-term care social insurance is not a perfect mechanism, yet it may be the most robust way to meet the needs of increasing numbers of older people, as it brings additional funds. Our long-term care Cinderella is growing and needs her own source of income, or she will be condemned to perpetual emaciation as she cannot win the fight for food against her more powerful step-sisters.