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Help the Aged and Age Concern consider merging

Help the Aged and Age Concern consider merging
23rd May 2008

Two of the UK's most prominent charities for elderly individuals are considering joining forces.

Age Concern and Help the Aged are uniting in their quest to serve older people both in the UK and worldwide, reports

The boards of both groups have backed the move and partner bodies are now being consulted.

Speaking to the website, Catherine McLoughlin, chair of Age Concern England, said that operating separately "no longer made sense" and that pooling the two groups resources and talents would ensure that more energy could be focused on helping the elderly.

Help the Aged chair Jo Connell added that the demands of an ageing society mean that the decision will hopefully be an effective one.

This follows news that Help the Aged's Spotlight report highlighted that 22 per cent of older people do not feel they are treated with dignity in hospitals.

Director Paul Cann said it is "shocking" that so many people feel this way.