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COVID-19 Pandemic Survival Guide For Older People

Positive Ageing In London has put together this Survival Guide for older people living in London. The guide consists of useful information collated from around the internet, some of which has been shared amongst the PAiL community and committee members in previous newsletters and campaigns. It is created to provide a directory of useful links with tips and guides that assist older people during this immensely challenging pandemic period. The guide is broken down into…

Herb Cheesed Bread & Soda Bread Recipes

My priority was to keep my brain active and the first thing I found was a Guardian web site that offered a variety of crosswords and puzzles that can be filled in online. My biggest challenge is the cryptic crosswords which I still struggle with, rarely finishing it. However, they always give solutions so you can cheat or use them to increase your skill.  Link Age Southwark (www.linkagesouthwark.org) offer a variety of activities; seated dance…

BBC AGREES ENFORCEMENT AMNESTY FOR THE OVER-75s

A message from our partner, Silver Voices: MEMBERS’ BRIEFING 73/20 BBC AGREES ENFORCEMENT AMNESTY FOR THE OVER-75s Following intense pressure from Silver Voices, the BBC has agreed that “at this time”, no enforcement visits will take place to households who previously held free licences and nor will enforcement letters be issued to this group. This is a major U-turn by the BBC and provides a window of opportunity for new discussions on the restoration of…

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…

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