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London’s Recovery Plan: Jury Is Out Whether It Will Be A Boost For Older Londoners

The London Recovery Board has now agreed it’s missions for London’s recovery file:///C:/Users/timot/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/S9TN432Y/London%20Recovery%20Board%20Slides%2015%20September.pdf. Over the summer the GLA consulted with individuals and groups cross London about what should be the priorities and PAiL as well as other age organisations in London submitted comments. The eight missions will guide work plans for recovering from the pandemic – and they are A Green New Deal; A Robust Safety Net for all Londoners to prevent financial hardship; High…

50-70 Year Olds Hit By The Effect Of The Pandemic

We saw at the height of the pandemic images of older vulnerable people as he main casualties of COVID. But new research from the Centre for Ageing Better has vividly shone the spotlight onto the 50 -70 year older age group those approaching older life who are facing severe problems  – health wise, job uncertainty, prospects of early retirement and worries about personal finances. The research shows: some 50-70s have seen their health decline, with one…

Invite to Older Londoners Food Summit

Sustain and the GLA are organising an online and interactive ‘Older Londoners Food Summit’ from 10am-12pm on Thursday 1stOctober (the International Day of Older Persons).   The event will explore the role of good food in the lives of older Londoners, including ways to ensure older people can access good food. Sustain and the GLA will present two new complementary pieces of research looking into older people’s experiences of food before and during the COVID-19 lockdown. Attendees will then have…

National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Week

We are pleased to inform you that following our meeting a joint-letter was addressed to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, addressing the need for action to improve early detection and treatment, including a detailed implementation strategy for commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan in relation to heart valve disease.  The points made during the roundtable and highlighted in the letter have become even more important as we now…

The September PAiL Newsletter

PAiL Newsletter September 2020 Welcome to this our late August newsletter for PAiL members, partners and older Londoners. Please distribute to your friends, colleagues or members and use any of the information or links here and include in your own newsletters. As London’s official regional age forum we provide a voice for older Londoners and their organisations and to ensure that our concerns, issues and recommendations are heard and relayed to the relevant authorities. Positive Ageing in…

Work & Employment For Older People in London’s Recovery

Work and Employment issues are in danger of becoming an older age free zone in the London recovery plans and in the government response to the  coming recession. I work  with many older unemployed and workless over 50s and this pandemic has increased the numbers of older people needing to apply for benefits as well as affecting their mental health, feelings of isolation and helplessness. It is already known that with each year over 50…

Public transport in London – challenges facing older Londoners

Older Londoners use of public transport understandably has dropped during the pandemic. National data shows that in August only 2 per cent of over 70s using the underground or train, 8 per cent travelled on a bus, 6 percent cycled, 87 per cent travelled in a car and 38 per cent by foot. But of note surveys also show that over 60-year olds per cent of older people want to keep public transport open, significantly…

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