A new national online organisation that provides advice and support for elderly parents and relatives has recently launched in Dorset with Poundbury businesses playing a key role.
Age Space (www.agespace.org) has been set up to offer practical help, advice and support for anyone dealing with an increasingly frail or dependent loved one.
The Dorset site signposts to services across Dorset, and offers guidance on all aspects of elderly care, particularly around funding and choosing care; there is a directory of Dorset-based services for elderly people, a calendar of local activities, forums, blog posts and articles from partners including Poole-based Pramacare and Poundbury Wealth Management in Dorchester.
Founder Annabel James, 53, whose parents Jimmy and Jane James live in Wareham, came up with the idea when she and a friend often found themselves discussing issues facing their own parents.
Annabel says: “Because of my own experience and that of my parents, who are in their 80’s, I knew that Dorset would be the perfect area for our second local online hub.
Annabel added: “Age Space has been dubbed the Mumsnet for baby-boomers and it is definitely the website I wish I had been able to turn to when my mother became ill suddenly.”
Tim Gallego, a partner at Poundbury Wealth Management said: “We at Poundbury Wealth Management are delighted to partner Age Space in the launch of its new Dorset website.
He added: “Often people do not know where to turn to for advice. Age Space will provide an excellent place to access the information and knowledge that people seek when their loved ones need care.”
As Older People’s Day approaches on 1 October, research commissioned by Age Space shows that more than half of all Britons aged over 45 are giving practical, financial, health or personal care to ageing parents.
More than 28% of the population of rural Dorset are aged over 65, compared to the national average in England and Wales of 18%. The number of over 65’s in the county is set to increase by 50% over the next 25 years.
For more information please visit agespace.org