Last chance to nominate for The Older People in the Media Awards

There is now only one week remaining to nominate your favourite pieces of media coverage around older people’s issues.

The Older People in the Media Awards 2013, brought to you by older people’s charity, Independent Age and care provider, Barchester Healthcare, will once again be celebrating older people in all aspects of the media and shining a light on coverage which has either positively portrayed older people, or sensitively highlighted the issues they face.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 21 August, so be sure to have your say and cast your votes now! This year’s 10 categories are:

  1. Best factual newspaper or magazine article about older people’s issues
  2. Best factual radio programme about older people’s issues
  3. Best factual TV programme about older people’s issues
  4. Best factual new media article about older people’s issues
  5. Best coverage of issues around dementia and/or social care (Barchester special award)
  6. Best independent voice on older people’s issues (Independent Age special award)
  7. Best older person’s character in a film, TV or radio drama (Gransnet special award, voted on by the readers of Gransnet)
  8. Best use of photography to illustrate older people’s issues
  9. ‘The Thorn Award’: Worst example of stereotyping, factual error or misleading information in the coverage of older people’s issues
  10. Overall award winner: best overall contribution to the debate on older people’s issues

Nominations must have first appeared in the media between 15 August 2012 and 14 August 2013. Cast your votes by completing the online form, which can be found on the Independent Age website, or email directly at  

Chair of the Older People in the Media Awards and Chief Executive of Independent Age, Janet Morrison, said: “The Older People in the Media Awards are our way of recognising and thanking those people in the media who are working so hard to promote older people in the media. From Dame Maggie Smith for her feisty, funny portrayal of the Dowager Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey, to Louis Theroux for his sympathetic exploration of living with dementiaas well as a host of regional outlets, last year’s ceremony showed just what an incredible and inspiring slate of programming, articles and blogs there are which make efforts to move away from the stereotypes and assumptions about older people and show them instead as complex, fascinating and inspiring individuals.”