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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…

Older Londoners – forgotten and being left behind?

Now we’re approaching a serious second wave of Covid we need to be ready for a harsh winter facing older people. This challenge is against a backdrop of persistent calls to lock older people away so the rest of society can get moving. But what are the lessons from what happened earlier this year and are we prepared to help older people in the coming months.   Key is how did older people fare during…

The Impact of Covid-19 on Older Londoners is Continuing

COVID has had a dramatic effect on older Londoners, not just the tragic death toll, but the continuing acute challenges to health and wellbeing and independent living which will be heightened with a second lockdown. Many older people have major worries about catching Covid, are suffering from health issues, and experience loneliness and isolation. London data from Independent Age reveals 60 per cent of older Londoners were anxious or worried about the impact Covid was…

A Review of The Impact of Covid-19 on the Elderly

Without a doubt, age is one of the clearest and most obvious area of ‘protective’ concerns. Data obtained from Public Health England (PHE) on cases and deaths by regions, local authorities by age and gender paints a bleak outlook with respect to those most impacted on23. As Fig 7 below shows, the deaths of patients who have died in hospitals in England and had tested positive for COVID-19 at time of death, shows that London…

TfL Launches its Face Covering Exemption Badge

This morning, TfL launched its Face Covering Exemption Badge. We introduced a downloadable exemption card for the small number of customers who are not required by law to wear face coverings earlier this year. However, we recognise that for some wearing a badge might make it easier for to them be identified as exempt, and so have introduced one to give our customers that option. This approach was also taken for the hugely successful Please…

How newly unemployed over-50s can start-up again

Wise age – the older workers charity has been fighting for the rights of older workers for many years and our research and the experience of our clients confirms how hard it is to find a new job when over 50. However, our past success of getting 50 percent of clients back to work ( 3 times the national average) shows it can be done. More and more employers are discovering that an age diverse…

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