Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 03 April 2017



  • Loneliness and Dementia For those who suffer from dementia, loneliness can be a very real problem. And it seems that the problem works both ways, as healthy elderly people who feel lonely are more likely to develop the disease at a later date. Here we explore the relationship between loneliness and dementia, and how technology can help. Click here to read the blog kindly sent to us by WaveLength.



Opportunities for Action


  • Age UK Lambeth have a free care and treatment crisis workshop, Making My Wishes Known, on Tuesday 25 April in London. Have you ever thought about how you can plan ahead to ensure your wishes are known? Planning ahead is a crucial part of ensuring your wishes are respected if you were unable to make a decision for yourself. This is an event to think about what you want, what you don’t want and who will speak for you. Click here for details of the agenda and how to register for your place.


  • InformationNOW – information and advice for older people in Newcastle. Helping you to be informed, make choices, stay active and live a good quality of life! The new website features a brand new events and activities section and Find services and support in your area. You are invited to the InformationNOW launch and celebration event on Wednesday 26 April in Newcastle. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues and your networks. Click here for more information.


  • NEA and British Gas Energy Impact Award Scheme 2017-18 open for entries The Award Scheme will recognise innovation and best practice amongst agencies running projects that focus on energy and tackling fuel poverty by benefiting vulnerable people in the local area in England, Wales and Scotland. The scheme is open to community groups, charities, and other third sector organisations. Local authorities, health agencies, and other public and statutory organisations are also eligible to apply. The scheme will close on Friday 19 May. Click here for details on how to apply, or contact Nina Dunlavy ( or 0191 2692935) for more information.


  • ALFA Lifeline will be hosting a UK-first ’24 hour Walking Football Fundraiser’ event as part of National Walking Month. Active Lives Fulfilling Ambitions (ALFA) have been delivering walking football provision in Greater Manchester since April 2015 as part of Lifeline Project’s early intervention and prevention strategy to tackle social isolation. Dates are 19 and 20 May. Click here for details on how to get involved!


  • Riverside Retirement Living in Merseyside are looking at putting initiatives on for their older tenants within their communal lounges and are working on getting older people more active through gentle exercise i.e. gardening, singing or exercise classes. They are looking for free taster sessions during May for their tenants to see how easy it is to introduce exercise and then maybe take this up more often. Contact them to find out how you may be able to help: Susan Fairley, Merseyside Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Retirement Living, Riverside Care & Support T: 07989 666638 | Riverside 0345 111 0000 Click here to visit their website.


  • Acas and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work will be holding a conference Age Management matters: meeting the challenges of an ageing workforce at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday 07 June. The conference will focus on the importance of a structured approach to managing an ageing workforce, including areas such as work design, health and wellbeing and options to retain older workers. The conference is set within the context of the DWP’s Fuller Working Lives agenda, the emerging UK Labour Supply crisis and the need to manage the health implications of working longer. The event is free to attend and will be of interest to those working in HR , Occupational Health, Management and Trade Union representatives. Places are limited, so an early response is advised. Should you wish to attend, please contact Emma Slaven at:



For your information


  • Last month, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee launched an inquiry into whether the housing on offer in England for older people is sufficiently available and suitable for their needs. The inquiry follows research which indicates pensioners are stuck in oversized properties worth £820bn. However, Foundations’ submission to this inquiry argues that older people are not ‘stuck’ in their homes, with 95% reporting high levels of satisfaction with their accommodation. We need to enable older homeowners to adapt or change their accommodation as part of a positive decision to ‘Age in Place’. Furthermore, enabling older people to improve the resilience of the existing housing stock, by incentivising greater numbers of older homeowners to make informed choices and take action to ensure their chosen home (whether existing or new) is ‘age-proof’, will have greater impact than the most ambitious retirement housing development plans alone. Click here to read more on the inquiry.


  • Electrical Safety First has partnered with Beko plc. UK to explore consumer attitudes around electrical product registration. Research revealed that despite a number of high profile safety notices and product recalls issued last year, nearly half of all consumers who purchased an electrical item in the last 12 months did not register their purchase. In 2016 alone, 61 recall notices were issued for electrical products in the UK. Registration is one of the main ways to contact consumers directly in case of a safety concern, such as a product recall. Without registering, millions of British consumers could be unwittingly putting themselves and their homes at risk if they continue to use a recalled product. Click here to find out more on why product registration’s so important and how to register an appliance.


  • A new fuel poverty resource from NEA and British Gas for communities – the Community Action Partnership website. Community Action on Fuel Poverty provides an overview of the causes and impacts of fuel poverty and the help available to tackle it in local communities. Apart from a knowledge hub and resource centre functionality, the website also provides an interactive platform to share local initiatives. Click here to find out more.


  • Age UK London have issued their latest quarterly briefing, the March 2017 edition of London Funding Voice. This funding information bulletin is provided by the Fit 4 Purpose age sector capacity building project funded by London Councils. Click here to download a copy now.

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