A caring network, a 100 year life

Professor Sue Yeandle

Happy 100th Birthday to Bertram Arthur Yeandle

b. North Petherton, Somerset 21 June 1921

Bertram Arthur Yeandle

As he celebrates his 100th birthday, CIRCLE Director Sue Yeandle pays tribute to her Dad, and to networks of neighbours and friends whose caring support can be what makes a good old age possible.

Sue says: “The support and kindness of Dad’s neighbours and local friends – plus a little help from technology and modern medicine – give him the practical help and regular contacts that make possible his happy and active later life.”

“Dad still lives in the home he’s had since 1952 and enjoys baking, looking after his house and garden, and writing about his village childhood and RAF service (1937-52), which took him to distant parts of the world.”

“During the pandemic, a simple new device enabling video calls with his grandsons and family living far away has kept Dad connected, when other pleasures – singing in the church choir, trips out with friends, watching cricket – had to stop.”

Research in CIRCLE’s Sustainable Care International Network shows that, around the world, millions of neighbours, friends old and new, and great technology play a vital role in caring for others and enabling positive ageing.

My thanks to them all, for their crucial role in building caring and connected communities across the globe.

Professor Sue Yeandle

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