For Keith Oliver the diagnosis of dementia when he was just 55 seemed incomprehensible. Six years on, he is a dementia ambassador for Kent and Medway Health Trust and involved in educating others about the condition.
Liz Vercoe talks to Keith about what it's like living day-to-day with dementia.
Jean has raised over £100,000 for Age UK over the years dressed in her infamous bee costume. Jean got involved with a knitting class at her local Age UK after the death of her husband and started shaking her collection tin 3 years later making it 17 years of fundraising so far.
'Even if I'm not feeling too good, I never let the public see that,' she admits, showing a truly determined streak.
And she puts her success down to 2 things: 'One is smile and be happy, and if they've got any little children, praise them up.' A simple, yet winning formula.
If you'd like to follow in Jean's footsteps and volunteer for Age UK please visit: http://bit.ly/AgeUKVolunteer
Sheelagh works in the Information and Advice Department at Age UK, writing health information for our publications and website.
Loneliness is devastating for older people and, shockingly, doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Through our partnership, Morrisons and Age UK can reach 250,000 lonely older people. That’s a quarter of a million lives we can make better together.
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Age UK are delighted to have the oldest male runner taking part in the marathon this year. 85-year-old John Starbrook is running his 51st marathon raising money for Age UK!
Just click on the photos of our five runners to read their stories, some really inspirational stuff in there.
Good luck to everyone taking part in this year's London Marathon particularly those running for Age UK!
Friends and family gathered in Olive's hometown to celebrate the special day. Olive's granddaughter Julie said 'It was a lovely occasion and it was really nice for everyone to come and see her. Family came from as far as Devon and Worcester.'
Happy birthday Olive!
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There are more people aged over 60 than ever before, and we’re the fastest growing group in society.
As we grow older we face new challenges, and maybe even illness, loneliness or poverty.
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