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Newsletter: July 2015



Welcome to the July Positive Ageing in London Newsletter. We hope you find the information below useful and hope to see you at some of our upcoming events.


Positive Ageing in London Team



Autumn Events





Challenges of ageist media and the digital world:


Meeting of Positive Ageing in London, 8 September


PAIL’s autumn meeting will look at ways of persuading the media into a more age-friendly approach and improving older people’s involvement with the digital world. Guest speakers will be Gillian Peel, Chair of the Age Action Alliance’s Attitudes to Ageing Group and David Wilcox, social reporter and member of the Alliance’s Digital Inclusion Group.


The meeting will be at Age UK London’s offices starting at  10.30am on the 8th September. (You may already have 10 September in your diary but we have had to switch the meeting to the 8th).


To register please contact Sharon Tynan.



Save the Date – Event on Asset Based Approaches, 26 November


Positive Ageing in London is planning an ambitious workshop on 26 November to discuss asset based community development approaches which promote older people’s role in the community and economy. We will confirm venue, speakers and other details very soon.


PAiL Research Project – Older people and local economic planning



One of the discussion topics at our March conference on 'Successful Cities, Positive Ageing' was how older people are involved in local economic development. We are following that up with a piece of research into how older people are included in London boroughs’ strategies for economic development and employment. It will start with desk research but we also hope to include some interviews and case studies.


If you have views or experiences which you would like to input, please contact Ben Donovan.


Recent PAiL Events



Impact of the Care Act for older people and carers, 7 July


This event was attended by just under 50 older people and representatives of age sector and local voluntary organisations who enjoyed presentations from four expert speakers. All presentations are available on the PAiL website


Stephen Lowe of Age UK gave an overview of the positive changes which the Act promises for older people and carers, the new duties particularly for local authorities, issues which seem to be coming up in early implementation and the limitations – such as funding. Tristan Brice of LondonAdass (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) talked further abut the intentions of the Act, new principles it introduced – such as that local authorities have a general duty to promote an individual’s wellbeing –and how the Act is likely to affect local authorities’ working in practice.


Anastasia Mulenga of London Councils spoke on the difficult financial position for local authorities in implementing the Care Act. Her presentation included the worrying insight that funding allocated by the Government for future years may be partly based on early uptake of the new rights particularly for carers, but this uptake has been very low so far. Tim McLachlan of the Alzheimer’s Society pointed out the ways in which the Care Act is particularly relevant to people with dementia and their carers.


Participants raised a wide variety of issues with the presenters. Points included how to report abuse including neglect, people’s rights to reject a personal budget (as well as to have one) and the difficulties and delays in obtaining a diagnosis of dementia. Some of these points were agreed for follow-up with speakers.




Positive Ageing in London Quarterly Meeting, 15 June


There were two key discussions at PAIL’s summer quarterly meeting. One was around a presentation from Jo Field of Transport for London on 'Investing in City Regions'  - a campaign TfL is involved in for cities’ devolution to boost homes, jobs and the UK’s productivity. One of the implications would be for TfL to run more suburban rail services, which might be good from an accessibility point of view. 


Participants agreed with this view in principle, while pointing out a number of areas eg. in North-West and North London where rail services are currently poor. Better rail travel, and if possible extending the use of the Freedom Pass, would facilitate older people’s social and economic contribution. The issue was also raised of rail fares for low paid care workers.


Participants also discussed the political context on ageing following the General Election and the formation of the new Government. Among the discussion subjects were to what extent pensioner benefits are guaranteed in future, and how employment support to workers and jobseekers aged from 50 to State Pension Age will be impacted by changes.


An invitation to networking about living well in the digital age



Meeting at Age UK, Tavis House, Tavistock Square, London on 28th July 2015 from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.


There are a few places available at a free event on the afternoon of July 28 2015 to discuss how digital technology can help us live well in later life, particularly by building more supportive local networks.


Details on the event website and from David Wilcox.



© Positive Ageing in London 2015



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