Audley Retirement’s Mote House – Source: Audley RetirementThis year has also experienced its fair share of volatility following the vote to leave the EU, but also opportunity in the form of Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that investment was needed in all forms of housing. For too long, there has been a distorted focus on first-time buyers, and it is a relief to see this view start to change because the demand for quality retirement housing is only growing.However, there is still a gaping hole when it comes to the older generation: a staggering lack of measures to address care. The NHS and care system is struggling at the lack of appropriate housing for those who don’t need to be in hospital and this is putting a huge strain on available beds.The fact that there are now plans to increase council tax to bail out social care services for the elderly is itself evidence of how far the situation has been allowed to spiral. Further pressure will come as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. For a sector so dependent on an EU migrant workforce, it’s hard to underestimate the impact these workers being forced to leave could have.Retirement stock map across the UK – see full infographic hereSo while there is movement in the right direction, far more has to be done to combat both the care crisis, and lack of aspirational retirement properties. We need to incentivise people to downsize, live in their own homes and maintain their independence, but with the knowledge that flexible care is there as and when they need it.Over 65s are the fastest growing proportion of the population and by 2039 there will be more than a million people aged over 90 in UK. If we continue to talk about it, but take no further action, we can only expect the pressure to worsen. It is absolutely vital that as we enter 2017, we maintain momentum. The Chancellor has made the first move by broadening the housing spotlight, and we need to ensure this commitment is kept.Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages
31:44 into a critical road trip, the Washington Capitals trailed 4-1 against the New York Islanders, a team that has given them fits all season long. But somehow, despite not earning a single power play while yielding five in a poorly officiated contest, Dale Hunter’s crew came back to tie the game up and then won it in the gimmick, 5-4.It was a remarkable turn of events and the victory is the Caps fourth straight and gives them 78 points with 12 games remaining. With the Florida Panthers also winning on Tuesday night, Washington remains a point behind the Southeast Division leading Cats. The Panthers also have a game in hand.Book this one in the “take the two points and run” column because the Capitals were fortunate to come back. Washington started terribly slow, and it is worth noting that they didn’t practice on Monday after three games in four nights, so it took them awhile to find their legs. The Islanders are a fast team and present matchup problems for the Caps, with John Tavares (two goals, one assist) pretty much a threat to score every time he touched the ice, including the shootout, where he tallied again. You can also put a MAJOR assist in the referees column for helping New York get two power play goals on five attempts. The job done by Dean Morton and Don VanMassenhoven was downright putrid as there was no consistency to the their decisions. Trips on one end of the ice were whistled while others were let go. In addition, a blatant high stick wasn’t called either on the Islanders late in regulation. It was one of those nights where the way the zebras call the game makes you wonder if there isn’t some Nevada-like influence going on, if you know what I mean.But the Caps found a way to come back. Keith Aucoin was outstanding with three assists, Alexander Ovechkin went to the net and potted two goals, Marcus Johansson was super most of the night and he set up Dmitry Orlov for a nifty tally that cut the deficit to just one early in the final frame. Dennis Wideman (1 assist, +2) also turned in a superior effort on the blue line getting my vote as best Caps d-man on this night.Michal Neuvirth (26 saves) allowed two fluky goals in the first frame but he settled down and played well. He made some big stops in overtime when the Islanders used their superior speed to their advantage, especially in the five minute extra session where it was a four on four affair. #30 also denied the last two Isles skaters in the shootout so when Ovechkin and then Matt Hendricks tallied on a super sweet move, the Caps got two much needed points on Long Island.It wasn’t pretty, but right now in the NHL, there are no style points. The Caps overcame a slow start, terrible officiating, and a fast Islanders team to begin their vitally important five game road trip on a winning note.Notes: The Caps went 3-0 with Mike Green out of the lineup due to suspension but his speed will sorely be needed on Friday night at 830 pm when the Caps take on a good skating Winnipeg Jets team. Winnipeg features Cap killer Evander Kane and lightning fast Blake Wheeler and it is pretty much a do or die game for the Jets, so the Capitals will need their “A” game to come out victorious…Jay Beagle was whistled for three very questionable minor penalty calls…Mike Knuble got the Caps on the board with a typical #22 style goal. He went to the front of the net and Wideman’s shot hit him on the way into the cage…Orlov was picked to shoot third in the gimmick and lost the puck before getting a shot off. It was #81’s first skills competition attempt so he was likely very nervous, especially since he had a chance to win the game…the Caps are eight games over .500, 36-28-6, for the first time all season (thanks to Mike Vogel, @VogsCaps) for that info).