Positive Ageing in London – your age forum- is pleased to send you this our first newsletter of the year. We hope everyone received our Survival Guide for older Londoners that we sent out to you earlier this year instead of a newsletter, as we thought an update on how to survive this pandemic this winter was the best contribution we could make ( LINK to survival guide on website). Now that the NHS vaccination programme is in full swing we hope that all of us are able to get our jabs as soon as possible that the rollout reaches everyone by the summer, so we can look forward to more freedom- while still maintaining the necessary precautions. We hope that every one of us does get the vaccination and all of us on the PAIL committee have had theirs.
The elections for mayor and GL Assembly are coming up so we have been working with our other age partners to agree on some key priorities which affect older people and key recommendations arising from our collective expertise and experience so that we can look forward to the next mayoral term having a committed, timetabled and resourced age-friendly action plan for London – regardless of who wins these elections. We are sending this out immediately after our Age Friendly Manifesto conference on March 9th and do look at the presentations that were made by going to (LINK HERE TO OUR CONFERENCE PRESENTATION ON WEBSITE).
We will also be supporting and participating in the Age UK London Mayoral hustings and will send you invites to these and any other related events we organise or partner.
Here’s hoping for an age-friendly London action plan, a survival plan and a recovery plan for older Londoners in place this year
Chris Walsh – chair PAIL
3) We are working hard to respond to the opportunities to have older voices and concerns heard by the London Recovery Board in all of the Mission working groups. We are also continuing efforts to get the GLA and Mayor to agree an Age-Friendly London action plan before the end of the current term. We will keep everyone up to date with our proposals as well as welcoming our members input. You can see the current situation and our proposals under our Campaigns section re ‘London Recovery Plan and Age-Friendly London’ on our website www.pailondon.org.uk.
Section 1 – PAiL Campaigns
IS LONDON’S RECOVERY GOING TO BE AGE FRIENDLY?
There are danger signs that older people are being left out of London’s Recovery despite submitting ideas for an age-based recovery in the summer. PAiL’s assessment of the mission action plans shows a disappointing lack of consideration of older Londoners and PAiL urged the joint chairs of the London Recovery Board – Mayor Sadiq Khan and Georgia Gould the Leader of Camden Council – to urgently address our concerns and ensure that the mission action plans properly deal with the issues facing older Londoners.
At the London Recovery Board meeting on the 9th March our concerns were raised by board members about the need for age issues to be looked at across the missions. PAiL is now working with the London Recovery Board mission leads to feed in older Londoner’s views so mission action plans can address our needs (link to website news article : https://pailondon.org.uk/2021/02/is-londons-recovery-going-to-be-age-friendly/
Our Age-friendly London Conference on 9 March
This virtual meeting hosted by the London Age-friendly Forum was attended by 55 people.
After an introduction outlining London’s journey so far to become an Age-friendly City, leaders of each of the eight domains presented their top five priorities. The meeting endorsed the suggested actions. These will form the basis for a manifesto which will be presented to the candidates standing in the Mayoral and Assembly Elections in May.
The presentations can be viewed here [link here].
Digital exclusion amongst older people not improving
New research from Age UK shows that the Covid has not in fact produced a sea-change in older people’s use of digital technology yet we are seeing more services and activities being online. , warning that a drift towards services and activities being online. The Charity’s new report Digital inclusion and older people – how have things changed in a Covid-19 world? (Nearly two million over-75s in England are still digitally excluded in a COVID-19 world | Press release | Age UK) shows that while just under a quarter (24 per cent) of over-75s in England have increased their internet usage since the pandemic hit, this is mainly driven by existing users going online more often. Most older online users say their use has remained unchanged, with nearly one in 10 (9 per cent) actually using it less. PAil is continuing to campaign for better support for older people who do not use digital channels from local councils and other service providers. This comes at a time when reports show that primary care services in the NHS are shifting much more to digital on line booking and consultations.
Need to tackle housing for older people in London
London’s older population is expected to rise by 29 per cent over the next decade. Yet too many older Londoners are unable to access the housing they need – and the gap between what they need and what is available will continue to grow. New research from the Centre for London (Centre for London | Third Age City: Housing for Older Londoners) has analysed the problems in London in particular demonstrating the gap in the availability of specialist housing. The report also argues the need to improve the information provided to older Londoners about the housing options that are available to them as they age. PAil supports these arguments and in its age manifesto is making a series of similar recommendations to prevent poor housing which has caused problems for many during the pandemic.
Section 2 – PAiL Information
The Silver Guide Project – Tourism Questionnaire and Prize Draw
Have a go at this interactive Questionnaire that will help tourist companies better understand the needs of senior citizens, for when we are eventually allowed to travel after the current winter lockdown. There is also the offer of a free prize draw for all those who enter that could win you a free holiday to Greece.
The SILVER GUIDE PROJECT on senior tourism questionnaire can be accessed through
this link https://survey.silverguide.eu/?ref=uk
As the deadline looms to get healthcare workers and the elderly or vulnerable vaccinated against COVID, experts discuss what we’ve so far learned from the rapid rollout of new vaccines, including: The effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including against new strains of the virus The similarities between vaccine after effects and symptoms of COVID-19 The reasons why some people aren’t yet willing to be vaccinated
NHS Pay Rise Petitions
To the UK Government, NHS doctors and nurses put their lives on the line during the pandemic and continue to do so on a daily basis.
A 1% pay rise is an insult.
Demand the government recognise their sacrifice and service to our country. Please sign if you agree NHS staff should get a much larger pay rise.
There are 2 active petitions that have been brought to PAiL’s attention:
Have your say in May’s Election safely and conveniently
Elections for Mayor and London Assembly are scheduled for May 6.
If you are concerned about being able to get to the polling station or being able to cast your vote safely, you can vote by post. Anyone can apply for a postal vote; you don’t have to give a reason. It is safe and convenient and does not depend on the weather or how you feel on election day.
Read more about postal voting and download an application form here
Apply for a postal vote – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The government announced NHS reforms today, and you may have been delighted to see them being discussed as reducing the role of the private sector in England. But the reality is that these reforms will mean MORE American-style privatisation of our health service.
Section 3 – Partners’ Information
From Our Partners
Patients Not Passports
Medact’s mission is to support health professionals from all disciplines to work together towards a world in which everyone can truly achieve and exercise their human right to health. This briefing is designed to be used as a tool and reference guide for anyone working to improve access to healthcare.
CLICK THE LINK HERE TO READ THE ONLINE REPORT
The Migrants Rights Network
March Monthly newsletter:
HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network
|Make your voice heard on our online Discussion Forum|
The new PAiL revamped website has a discussion forum for members.
It is very easy to use:
Go to the home page www.pailondon.org.uk/community.
The first time you use it, you will need to click on the ‘create an account’ at the bottom. Click on a topic to contribute to the discussion OR click on ‘Add a topic’ in the ‘Main Forum’ section to start a new one.