Older People in the Media Awards 2014 Shortlist

Best Factual Newspaper or Magazine Article About Older People’s Issues

  • The Sunday Times: Life at 60, by AA Gill
  • The Times Magazine: The Care-Home Funding Nightmare, by Gail Rolfe
  • The Yorkshire Post: Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic Campaign, by Lindsay Pantry and Ben Barnett
  • The Guardian: Clearing Out My Parents’ House for the Final Time Brought a Certain Serenity, by Deborah Orr
  • The Guardian, Money: Ted Beales is so Ill He Can’t Swallow. But the NHS Won’t Pay for His Care, by Mark Beales
  • The Independent, Section2: Golden Oldies, by Kate Hilpern
  • The Daily Telegraph: A More Mature View of Growing Old, by Laura Thompson
  • The Times: Who Will Look After You When You’re Old? by Alice Thomson

Best Factual Radio Programme About Older People’s Issues

  • Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4: Caring for Parents
  • You & Yours, BBC Radio 4: for their series of reports focusing on older people’s issues, including how to make care homes more fun and how to avoid fraudsters who target older people
  • File on 4, BBC Radio 4: Cut Price Care
  • Shelagh Fogarty, BBC Radio 5 Live: Do We Neglect Our Elderly?
  • Loneliness Day, BBC Sussex and Surrey: for their full day of coverage on the issues of loneliness and social isolation
  • Julia George, BBC Radio Kent: for their series of reports on a range of issues, including love and sex amongst older people, care-home residents being sent to hospital alone and being separated from grandparents

Best Factual TV Programme About Older People’s Issues

  • Channel 4: 999: What’s Your Emergency? Episode: Nan Down
  • Channel 4: Fabulous Fashionistas
  • ITV: 100 Year Old Drivers
  • BBC1: The One Show, for their feature exploring the challenges of finding suitable residential care homes
  • BBC1: Panorama, Behind Closed Doors: Elderly Care Exposed
  • BBC1: Inside Out South, Investigating Malnutrition and Poor Food in Care Homes

Best Factual New Media Content (Written) About Older People’s Issues

  • Pippa Kelly…  blog by Pippa Kelly
  • Caron Cares: Advice and Information for Anyone Caring for the Elderly, by Caron Sprake
  • GQ: My Dinner with Harry by Alan Richman

Best Factual New Media Content (Video) About Older People’s Issues

  • I like being 98, on ILikeGiving.com: the story of 97-year-old Evelyn who got her driving licence back to get a neighbour to the grocer’s
  • Alice, by Thomas McNaught, on BBC Three Fresh: a short film focusing on Thomas’s dementia-suffering grandmother and their relationship
  • Bungalows and Biscuits, by Hollie McNish, on YouTube: a spoken word piece discussing the stereotypes  associated with older people
  • Mrs Andrews’ Story on the Health Service Journal: a short film about a lady who ended up in a care home  because of the poor care she received in hospital
  • The Hen Men, by Meerkat films: a short film featuring the ‘hensioners’ who have benefitted from HenPower, a charity project that uses hens to combat loneliness

Best Coverage of Issues Around Dementia (Barchester Healthcare Special Award)

  • The Saddest Goodbye: illustrations by Tony Husband, featured on The Mail Online
  • D4Dementia, blog by Beth Britton
  • The best treatment for Alzheimer’s is tenderness, by AA Gill for the Sunday Times
  • BBC Radio Devon, for their campaign aimed at making Devon more dementia friendly
  • BBC Radio Essex, Sadie Nine: Virtual Dementia Tour

Best Independent Voice on Older People’s Issues (Independent Age Special Award)

  • Pippa Kelly
  • Peter Oakley
  • Karen Henshaw
  • Sally Magnusson
  • Anne Karpf

Best Older Person’s Character in a Film, TV or Radio Drama (Gransnet Special Award, Voted on by the Readers of Gransnet)

  • Sarah Lancashire for Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley
  • Roger Allam for Fred Thursday in Endeavour
  • Judi Dench for Philomena
  • Stephen Rea for Sir Hugh Hayden-Hoyle in The Honourable Woman
  • Timothy West for Stan Carter in EastEnders

Best use of photography to illustrate older people’s issues

  • The Life of a Japanese Grandmother and her Cat, by Miyoko Ihara, carried by The Daily Telegraph
  • Trading Outfits by Qozop, featured on Demilked.com
  • Elderly Couple Through the Seasons, by Ken Griffiths, carried by The Vintage Festival
  • Centenarians by Anastasia Pottinger, featured on Demilked.com

The ‘Thorn’ Award: Worst Example of Stereotyping, Factual Error or Misleading Information in the Coverage of Older People’s Issues.

The Thorn Award shortlisters will be announced shortly.