From:                              Gordon Deuchars

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Subject:                          FW: Positive Ageing in London Newsletter May 2015




From: Gordon Deuchars
Sent: 11 May 2015 11:42
Subject: Positive Ageing in London Newsletter May 2015






Newsletter: May 2015



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


Gordon Deuchars



Next PAIL Meeting - June 2015





Positive Ageing in London’s next quarterly network meeting will be on 15 June 2015 at Age UK London, starting at 10.30. The agenda will include finalising PAIL’s work programme for 2015-16 (see below), analysing the outcome of the General Election from the age point of view and discussing with Transport for London the future of Government funding for accessible transport in urban areas.


More information and an agenda will be circulated soon. Please let us know if you will be able to attend by replying to Sharon Tynan.


Work Programme for 2015-16 focusses on resisting ageism



After discussion at the last quarterly meeting in March, Positive Ageing in London’s work programme for 2015-16 has been submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions for funding. You can see the proposed work programme on the PAiL website.


Highlights include a conference on 'Resisting Everyday Ageism' in 2016; standing up to ageism will be a key thread throughout the year. PAIL is also planning a workshop on the impact of the Care Act on older people and carers (July) and one on older Londoners and the economy (October/November).


Quarterly network meetings are on 15 June, 10 September, 26 November and 8 March.


The work programme is on the agenda of the 15 June quarterly meeting, and we will keep reviewing it according to emerging needs.


Recent PAiL Events



Successful Cities, Positive Ageing, 16 March 2015


Together with the UK Age Friendly Cities Network, Greater London Authority and Manchester City Council, we jointly held this event 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.  Local experiences of developing age friendly communities, policy problems  and new movements for change were discussed.


Speakers included Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick, Lord Bichard and Professor Anthea Tinker of King’s College London 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.


The programme, presentations, speaker biographies and other information can be found on the PAiL website.



Welfare Reform: Older Londoners’ Perspectives – 24 February 2015


Positive Ageing in London and Age UK London launched a research report to investigate and challenge the idea that those above state pension age are ‘protected’ from welfare reform, while also looking into the effect of changes on the under-emphasised group of ‘younger-old’ Londoners who are below state pension age but over the age of 50.


Ben Donovan, Policy and Research Officer at Age UK London, wrote the report and launched it at an event in Southwark. Case studies showed the impact of benefit changes on older people of different ages and circumstances, focussing particularly on Housing Benefit and employment support.


Paul Bivand, Associate Director of Analysis and Statistics, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Team Manager, Child Poverty Action Group both responded to the launch of the report. A lively discussion followed with members of local older people’s groups raising further concerns and urging strong action as a result.


You can read and download the full research report on the PAiL website.


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 without children, focussing in particular on how they were going to receive care.


A diverse range of speakers explored the issues from the point of view of women and men, with LGBT perspectives and academic contributions


We have produced a detailed report of the event which you can view and download on the PAiL website.


Save the Date – Care Act workshop 7th July



PAiL will be holding a workshop on the impact of the Care Act for older people and carers, with guest speakers from key age sector organisations and public bodies. More information and a link to register will follow soon!


Tell Me! – Improving information provision for older people, 21 May



Places are still available at the launch of Age UK London’s report 'Tell Me!' on improving information to help older people access public services (free event). As many public bodies increasingly provide information digitally rather than in paper form, we have been looking at older people’s experiences of accessing information on key public services and will be reporting on the results.


Good information is key to enabling people to access the public services they need, maintaining wellbeing and keeping people out of hospital. We will be discussing the issues arising from our research with prominent guest speakers from NHS England and London Councils, and older people who have taken part in our interactive campaign research.


When: 21 May 2015, 14.00 (Registration) to 16.45 – followed by a drinks reception

Where: Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LS (Aldgate)


To Register please visit the event website.



© Positive Ageing in London 2015



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