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Physical inactivity in mid-life is putting millions at risk of poor health in older age

Physical inactivity is one of the leading risk factors for poor health and disability in later life, and yet nearly a quarter of people aged 50 to 70 do less than thirty minutes of physical activity a week.

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We need to decarbonise our homes – but does technology help or hinder us?

Over 4 million homes in England are poor quality, and much of the improvement costs are relatively affordable. Why then are people hesitant to use technology to improve their homes?

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Who’s responsible for improving our homes?

There are over four million poor-quality homes in the UK, over half of which are lived in by older people. We need to see immediate and long-term action from government to address our poor housing crisis.

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We need to put real people at the heart of improving our homes

The Good Home Inquiry was established to look at the poor quality of our homes, to consider the consequences, and to explore what needs to be done to put things right. It was crucial that real people were at the centre.

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Public backs creation of local home improvement hubs as ‘one stop shops’ to help fix poor-quality housing in England

With over four million poor-quality homes in England, over half of which are lived in by older people, this new research finds that local hubs have been backed by the public as a way to help address poor housing.

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A good home must be a digitally connected home

Digital connectivity has become an essential part of what makes a good home, but many people are still missing out on the benefits.

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What is so off-putting about walking and cycling?

Despite it being one of the easiest ways to build physical activity into daily life, people in mid and later life are less likely to participate in active travel than younger age groups.

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Walking and cycling ‘not safe or attractive enough’ for many in their 50s and 60s

New report finds that lack of cycle and footpaths, personal safety concerns, and declining health are key barriers to people in their 50s and 60s walking or cycling as a means of travel.

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