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News and stories from Abbeyfield. Discover the latest on age and ageing – from what's hitting the headlines, to stories from our homes and residents.

Daredevil Betty Bromage takes on abseil at 90 years old

She's raced down the world's fastest zip-line and walked on the wings of a plane, now our inspirational resident Betty has taken on a daring abseil.

16/09/2019
The impact of voice technology on loneliness and isolation

The impact of voice technology on loneliness and isolation

A group of our residents were involved in a trial to test the impact that voice technology can have on loneliness and social isolation. The results were incredible.

29/10/2019
Richard Carr-Gomm: The remarkable man behind The Abbeyfield Society’s mission

Richard Carr-Gomm: The remarkable man behind The Abbeyfield Society’s mission

Richard devoted his life to providing help and accommodation to anyone who was lonely here in Britain and abroad.

22/10/2019
Appeal to trace pen pals of first Abbeyfield residents

Appeal to trace pen pals of first Abbeyfield residents

Found in the scrapbook of our founder were two delicate hand-written letters sent to our first ever residents in 1956, from then high school pupils Brenda Barker and Sheila Scott. We're asking the nation to turn into detectives and help us find them. Previously based in Newcastle, the ladies would now be in their 70s.

01/09/2019
Fundraising for Abbeyfield - How team Wagada ran to support older people

Fundraising for Abbeyfield - How team Wagada ran to support older people

In January this year, nine members of Wagada signed up to take part in the St Albans Half Marathon and 5k run.

30/06/2019
Can voice technology help to reduce loneliness in older people?

Can voice technology help to reduce loneliness in older people?

A group of residents at the Abbeyfield Wessex Society’s Westbourne House are taking part in a trial to test the impact of voice technology on loneliness and isolation in older people.

25/06/2019
Inspirational Abbeyfield volunteer recognised in Queens Birthday Honours

Inspirational Abbeyfield volunteer recognised in Queens Birthday Honours

An inspirational volunteer who has dedicated much of his adult life to serving his community – including his local Abbeyfield Society care home – says he feels “incredibly honoured and humbled,” to have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

20/06/2019
Celebrating Abbeyfield Week with staff, residents and friends

Celebrating Abbeyfield Week with staff, residents and friends

Staff, residents and friends all came together for a special Abbeyfield Week celebration with a fun filled morning at our St Albans head office.

18/06/2019
Answered: aren’t care homes the same as nursing homes?

Answered: aren’t care homes the same as nursing homes?

We understand that when you’re looking for a new home for a loved one, knowing what type of home is best suited to your relative’s needs is really important. Last week, our Retirement Living team received a question from the daughter of an 82 year lady who is trying to find her Mum a home that offers daily support.

15/05/2019
The benefits of becoming a Trustee

The benefits of becoming a Trustee

Research suggests that there are hundreds of thousands of people serving as Trustees in the UK, all of whom play a vital role in the day-to-day running of charitable organisations. Volunteering to become a Trustee can be a truly rewarding thing to do no matter what stage of life you are in.

12/02/2019

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