Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 18 December 2017

Weekly Members News – 18/12/2017

Opportunities for Action

Aging Better – Survey on Volunteering

Emily Georghiou, Senior Programme Manager for the Centre for Ageing Better, joined the AAA Isolation and Loneliness Working Group last month to talk about the programme of work she is managing on Community Contributions. From everyday acts of kindness to neighbours to formal volunteering and civic social connections, we know that contributing in our communities is good for our well-being – boosting our sense of purpose and confidence in later life.

There is aIso evidence to suggest that good quality formal volunteering can help reduce levels of depression, offering support and recognition to volunteers. However, we also know that those who are least healthy and wealthy are missing out on these well-being benefits. Much less is known about informal volunteering in later life and the role of ethnicity and place.

Ageing Better is undertaking two projects to understand what motivates, prevents and supports people to take part and contribute in their communities and support local routes to action to improve opportunities for participation by underrepresented groups This work includes primary community research in 4 localities, Bristol, Leeds, Scarborough and Settle, in North Yorkshire and a review in partnership with the office for civil society within the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

As part of the review, Ageing Better will host a series of cross sector roundtables in the New Year and has launched a call for evidence and experience to gather insights and practice from people in later life and professionals working with them.
Can you help us learn more about what motivates, prevents and supports people in later life, particularly under-represented groups from taking part? Please share your stories, insights and practice with us and encourage others to do so by completing this survey by 24th December 2017:

For further information and to share any further evidence with us please email:


Time to Innovate for Aging – Launch Reception
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), with the support of Just Group, announce a reception to celebrate the launch of a new, year-long programme (Innovating for Ageing) which seeks to identify and support the creation of new products and services to help improve the lives of vulnerable consumers. The best innovations will be recognised later in 2018 at an ILC-UK Awards ceremony. The event will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the project as well as to consider how you can be involved.

Our ageing society is a driver for growing numbers of vulnerable consumers. More older people means, for example, more people with dementia, more people with sight and hearing loss and more people with multiple long term chronic health conditions. At the same time, our world is becoming more complex and individuals are being asked to take ever-more risk themselves. Through this project we hope to inspire a generation of start-ups and social enterprises to develop new products and services to support this important consumer group.

This event is kindly being hosted by the Innovation Warehouse. The Innovation Warehouse has been a cornerstone of London’s technology start-up scene since 2010.  As London’s AgeTech Hub, a specialty team of mentors and investors are supporting start-ups focused on ageing populations. They will soon be launching the Innovation Warehouse AgeTech Investment Fund.

  • Date: Tuesday 16th January 2018, 1700 – 1900
  • Venue: Innovation Warehouse, 1st Floor, 1E Poultry Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1A 9PT

Click here and register for the event.

We hope you are able to join us on 16th January. If you have any questions about the event, please contact


For Information

Jo Cox Comission

Last week the Jo Cox Commission published a manifesto – ‘Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time: A call to action’ – setting out actions required from government, business and community groups to tackle loneliness.

Old Carers

Age UK has released new figures revealing that older carers now providing nearly 54 million hours of care a week in England.

Creative Health

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPGAHW) was formed in 2014 and aims to improve awareness of the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing. During 2015–17, the APPGAHW conducted an Inquiry into practice and research in the arts in health and social care, with a view to making recommendations to improve policy and practice. Our partners in this Inquiry have been the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, King’s College London, the Royal Society for Public Health and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

Reports of the group’s work, podcasts and videos are now available. 

Care Quality Commision – The State of Care

The CQC has published its annual assessment of health and social care in England, looking at the trends, highlighting examples of good and outstanding care, and identifying factors that maintain high-quality care.

Silver Sante

Silver Sante is a 5-year, €7m EC-funded project investigating the determinants of mental health & well-being in the ageing population of Europe.  The project includes consortium partners in France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Switzerland, and runs from 2016 to 2020.

We will investigate the effectiveness of a variety of interventions on healthy ageing, with a key focus on mental health and well-being including Alzheimer’s disease and its mechanisms.  Researchers will conduct clinical trials involving patients with existing subjective cognitive decline, expert meditators and participants from the general public over the age of 65.

This is the last AAA newsletter of 2017 – we wish all AAA members and newsletter subscribers a Happy Christmas and a joyful New Year. Our next newsletter will be published on Monday 8th January 2018.

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