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Austerity & It’s Effects

Austerity is affecting us all, but what does it mean for us?  Is it about successful ageing, life satisfaction and wellbeing? No. It means we must accept changes, changes that encompass psychological heath, and cognitive function, but what concerns us, and what we need most, is social, community, leisure, participation and inclusion. In short, by enduring the measures taken, we are denying ourselves the opportunity to enjoy all I’ve said before, and are helping the…

LET’S GET LONDON’S RECOVERY FROM COVID RIGHT

Tim Whitaker on PAiL’s Executive reflects on the prospects of London’s Recovery Plan for genuinely helping older Londoners. If London’s recovery is to be real, we need to know more about older Londoners in the pandemic and do more for them in recovery. London’s recovery planning is proceeding at pace yet equally older Londoners expectations are increasing that the London Recovery Plan will help to  make London an Age Friendly City.  Covid has had a…

RACIAL INEQUALITIES AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM (and the effects this can have on the recipients)

Ladies and Gentlemen, colleagues and friends— On another platform I might say “comrades”. In my career I, as long ago as 1960, became a protagonist for equal opportunities, but even as a girl grow- ing up in the colony of British Guiana, I was known as someone who stood up for her friends; I guess because my father was in a position of authority. He brought me down a peg or two when he told…

Protests Against Migrant NHS Charges

Link to their post: http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/migrant-charges/ Friday 23 October at 8am they held a socially distanced placard protest together with Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Networkagainst the government’s hostile environment in the NHS. It is three whole years since upfront charges were introduced as an even more cruel feature of the government’s NHS charging system. Our protest was quieter than usual due to COVID safety precautions but it was good to stand there in solidarity together.End charges for…

The November 2020 PAiL Newsletter

PAiL Newsletter November 2020 1) Welcome to the November PAiL newsletter. As we approach the new lockdown in the face of rising case numbers, hospitalisation and deaths from COVID we are hoping to produce a Survival Plan for Older Londoners which we will submit to the London Recovery Board and GLA and promote widely. We are also planning our next newsletter to be  A ‘Covid Wave 2 Survival for Older Londoners’ which will include ideas and links…

Free campaigning training for people age 60 and above in the UK

We’re letting you know about an exciting opportunity for people aged 60 years and above to access free campaigning training with Campaign Bootcamp. Do you know anyone who would benefit from this training? If so, please let them know by forwarding this email. We are looking for people who:  Want to learn how to campaign on social care Want to feel confident about campaigning and using the internet to do this Are 60 or above and want to…

The Ticking Health Time Bomb

One of the main problems facing older Londoners since the pandemic has been how the “normal NHS” has been scuppered. Many older people have reported delays in treatments and having to have consultations via zoom or by phone.   According to Age UK 47 per cent of older people are less confident going to hospital and 40 per cent less confident going to a GP surgery. The problem is that conditions may not be treated and…

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