Monthly Archives: July 2016

PAiL & Age UK London Launch Local Economic Development Research

Positive Ageing in London and Age UK London have published a piece of research into how London boroughs include older people in their strategies for economic development and in particular volunteering and employment. These areas correspond to part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria for an age friendly city. There seems to quite a lot of room for improvement in how London boroughs include older people in their strategies and actions, while we did find encouraging examples from some boroughs.

You can view the research here: Age Friendly Local Economic Development in London Report

Ageism – How Have We Been Ageist?

At our recent annual conference, ‘Ageism: How Ageist Are We?’ we asked participants to give us examples of when they had been ageist. You can read a selection of the best below.

You can read a full report from our 2016 annual conference here.

 

Highlights of participants’ feedback about how they themselves have been ageist

1)     Getting frustrated when my 60 year old mum is slow using her iPad

2)     Deliberately calling a stranger “old” during an argument

3)     People giving up a seat on buses and tubes

4)     Tend to elect an older person for committees – “more reliable and committed”

5)     I sometimes go U3A meetings and come away thinking “I’m not old enough for U3A yet”

6)     I am always making assumptions about myself & others & subconsciously put it down to age both about younger people and older people

7)     I attended an awards event.  A 92 year old in a wheelchair  was accompanied by a young person pushing her. I assumed the young person was the carer.  Not at all: the one in the wheelchair  was supporting engagement with “life” after a dark place in the young person’s life

8)     Having mental picture of young person in mind when recruiting to a post

9)     I used to think that there is over provision of parking spaces for age related disability

10) Two men ( on separate occasions ) “Hit” on me! 16 years younger than me… I fled.  I’m in a relationship with a man 16 years older.

11) Saying “Mutton dressed as Lamb”

12) I made a remark, when a young chap was elected as a leader of a committee “ I wonder how long he will last”

13) Considering younger people (under 25) to be less competent than older-till employing them and realising an age diverse workplace is a better way of working

14) If you think you are too old to rock n roll then you probably are

15) I have been impatient with people being slow getting off buses.  Nothing said, just in my own mind.

16) Being offered or offering a seat to “somebody older”.  Mind you-I like being offered a seat

17) I’m fed up with disability  being dismissed as part of growing old.