PAiL Meeting Tuesday 18th September 2017

Homes for Older Londoners

What sort of housing do older Londoners want? With the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, about to plan a new London Housing Strategy, older Londoners came and told us what the policies should be for housing in London! The debate was introduced by a range of expert speakers from key organisations. Read up on the conclusions from the conference on our Presentations and Reports page.  

PAiL Meeting 5th September 2017

Employment and Economic Development for Older Londoners

PAIL, in association with Age UK London (AUKL), held an interesting conference on 5th September at the DWP offices in Hammersmith on age and employment and economic development in London, in partnership with DWP who presented updates on their 50+ strategy and the impact of the national roll out of Universal Credit. Read up on the conclusions from the conference on our Presentations and Reports page.  

PAiL Meeting and Focus Group 5th September 2017

Response to the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Following our successful consultation event at City Hall on Friday 1st September, please click here to read Positive Ageing in London?s response to the Mayor?s vision for diversity and inclusion based on older Londoners? feedback.  

Comprehensive Spending Review - Key Impacts

This presentation by Gordon Deuchars (Age UK London) was made at the January 2016 Positive Ageing in London meeting and shows key impacts of the Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of 2015 for older people and ageing policy. View the presentation here.

Ageing in London? No Problem!

PAIL debates asset based approaches to ageing, 26 November 2015

Some 50 older people and representatives of local organisations and London boroughs met to discuss the increasingly common 'asset based' approach to ageing. Mervyn Eastman, PAIL?s Chair, and David Wilcox, Social Reporter, introduced the topic ? starting from older people?s contribution to the community and what they are able to do, rather than the 'problems and deficit' view of older people. Guest speakers were:
  • Mel Wright, Coordinator of Kilburn Older Voices Exchange. Mel talked about how KOVE gives older people a stronger voice in the Kilburn area.
  • Judy Harrington, Project Manager, Ageing Better in Camden Partnership. Judy talked about the Partnership?s work to build on what older people themselves can contribute to supporting isolated people in Camden.
  • Margaret Edwards, London coordinator, Housing Learning and Improvement Network. Margaret talked about how awareness of older people as positive contributors is key to planning later life housing.
  • Ben Donovan, Research and Policy Officer, Age UK London. Ben introduced PAIL?s ongoing research on how older people are included in local economic development strategies in London boroughs.
The presentations and discussion on them were followed by a panel session where participants raised issues including: the importance of intergenerational work, how the Camden example might influence other London boroughs, the importance of technology though it can?t be imposed on all older people and the importance of resources and messages that are realistic about eg. how many older people do and how many don?t have dementia.

You can see all four presentations below:

Judy Harrington - Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better

Mel Wright - KOVE

Margaret Edwards - Older People: Liabilities or assets?

Ben Donovan - Economic Development


Impact of the Care Act for Older People and Carers, Tuesday 7 July 2015

The presentations for this well received event are below: Implementation of the Care Act: Stephen Lowe, Policy Advisor, Care Services, Age UK Perspective from LondonAdass: Tristan Brice, Programme Manager, LondonAdass Improvement Programme Understanding the Financial Implications of the Care Act in London - A Council Perspective: Anastasia Mulenga, Policy and Projects Manager, Adult Social Care and Integration, London Councils The Care Act and Dementia: Tim McLachlan, Operations Director - Greater London, Alzheimer's Society    

Successful Cities, Positive Ageing, 16 March 2015

Positive Ageing in London, with the UK Age Friendly Cities Network, Greater London Authority and Manchester City Council, jointly held this event which was well received and attended by older people, policy makers and local practitioners from all over the UK and Ireland. It aimed to spread best practice on how cities and local authorities respond to ageing and to help build the Age Friendly Cities Network. After a scene-setting session, the conference included talks on the built environment, culture and economic development, all from an age perspective. Local experiences of developing age friendly communities, policy problems and new movements for change were discussed. Speakers included Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick (pictured below), Lord Bichard and Professor Anthea Tinker who launched the report 'An Age Friendly City: How Far Has London Come?'. There was also a panel of London Assembly members Victoria Borwick, Caroline Pidgeon MBE, Jenette Arnold OBE and Darren Johnson. Professor Chris Philippson of Manchester University discussed approaches to overcoming the objective economic and social obstacles to creating age friendly communities. You can read the whole programme here. You can view the speakers biographies here. You can view snapshots of the cities involved in the network here. You can view the presentations of all the speakers below. Some presentations have had images deleted from them simply to reduce their size and allow them to be uploaded to our website; no content has been changed. Paul McGarry, Age Friendly Manchester Cllr Ken Meeson, LGA People and Places Board/Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Professor Anthea Tinker, King's College London Professor Chris Phillipson, Manchester University Jonathan Scrutton, International Longevity Centre Stefan White, Manchester School of Architecture Cllr Schofield, Newcastle City Council Kate Duncan, Nottingham City Arts Annie Alexander, Brighton and Hove City Council and Clare Hankinson, Fabrica Glenda Watt, Edinburgh City Council Ed Cox, IPPR North Jonathan Collie, The Age of No Retirement Katrina Hann, New Economy Pat Doherty and Aisling Costello, Age Friendly Ireland You can find out more information about, and read, the 'An Age Friendly City' report on the King's College London website. You can follow the day through the event Storify page, a catalogue of the social media responding to the speakers and event as a whole. We would also like to say a huge thank you to Clifford Chance for hosting the event.  

Ageing Without Children: "But Who Will Look After You When You're Old?", 26th January 2015

PAiL held a joint conference with Ageing Without Children in January, around the issue of older people ageing and how they were going to receive care with a focus on those without children. We have produced a detailed report of the event which you can view and download below: "But Who Will Look After You When You're Old?"

A New Look at Old Ageism, 16 September 2014

PAIL held one of its quarterly meetings on 16 September 2014, focussing on new approaches to recognising and combating ageism. Below is the presentation by Mervyn Eastman, Chair of PAIL, which gave a starting point to the discussion: A New Look at Old Ageism - Introductory Presentation - Mervyn Eastman  

What's changed for older Londoners since the 2012 Mayoral elections?

All presentations from this event, held on Thursday 3rd July at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and Chaired by Mervyn Eastman, Chair, Positive Ageing in London, can be downloaded below: Gordon Deuchars, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Age UK London Manifesto Presentation Elaine Seagriff, Head of Policy and Strategy, Transport for London Access Presentation Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, speaking at the event.  

Redefining Ageing

All presentations from this event, held on Monday 24th March 2014 at Toynbee Hall and Chaired by Mervyn Eastman, vice-chair, Positive Ageing in London, can be downloaded below: Mary Sinfield, Chair of Older People's Reference Group, New Dynamics of Ageing Challenging Attitudes & Assumptions About Ageing Dave Martin, Centre for Policy on Ageing/Trading Times Transitions and 'In-betweenies': Shifting Boundaries Between 'Work' and 'Retirement' Professor Leela Damodaran, University of Loughborough The Sus-IT Project: Busting Myths Professor Bryan Manning, University of Westminster Redefining Ageing Lord Filkin CBE, Chair of Centre for Ageing Better was a Keynote speaker and talked about 'Opportunities and Challenges of an Ageing Population.  

Shaping the Future of Older Londoners? Health and Social Care

Watch the video shown in the introduction to this event here: Download the presentations from this event below: ADASS ? Anne Bristow, Director of Adult Social Services, LB Barking & Dagenham Anne Bristow Presentation London Connect ? Samantha Meikle, Director Samantha Meikle Presentation NHS England: London Region - Helen Cameron, Regional Director of Transformation Helen Cameron Presentation    

Supporting Older People's Contributions to London

Download the 50+ Employment Presentation from this event.    

Social Care - A Co-operative Approach:

Meeting the aspirations and needs of an ageing population through ownership and control Positive Ageing in London and Co-operatives London held this joint event at Toynbee Hall, focussing on how the aspirations and needs of an ageing population can be met through ownership and control. An impressive programme of speakers attracted over 70 participants from older people?s organisations, co-operatives, local authorities and academics. Download here: Social Care - A Co-operative Approach   Ed Mayo, Keynote speaker