Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 19th March 2018
Weekly Members News – 19/03/2018
Opportunities for Action
Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2018
Registration is open for this year’s Alzheimer’s Society annual conference. This year’s theme is ‘Taking Action on Dementia’ will focus on what needs to happen to ensure people with dementia can live the lives they want today and give hope to future generations for a world without dementia. The conference will be the first two day event.
Dates: Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 May
Venue: the Kia Oval, London
For full details and to book, visit alzheimers.org.uk/conference. A 10% discount is available for newsletter readers using discount code ASAC18AGEA.
UK’s first inclusive rail ticketing survey
The first UK-wide survey into the needs of disabled and older people when buying and using train tickets has been launched.
The confidential survey addresses travellers’ experiences and concerns about the various ways of buying tickets as well as using ticket barriers, finding their seat and getting on and off a train. The research findings will be used to help design flexible ticketing systems that support a wide range of people’s needs. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. When people finish the survey they’ll be eligible to enter a prize draw.
The inclusive ticketing survey is online at InclusiveRailTicketSurvey and is also available in print and in large print. If preferred, participants can take it over the phone. For these options, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Cath on 020 7427 2466.
Tax Help for Older People
The Charity Tax Help for Older People is offering FREE support during 2018 to help older people set up and view their Personal Tax Account on the HMRC website. Some people feel comfortable using the HMRC website by themselves, but others, particularly those who are less confident using a computer, prefer to have a bit of extra support.
Whether it is talking through the process with an adviser over the phone as you go, or having a home visit with an adviser to guide you through each stage, we are offering help to people who:
• are over 60;
• are on a lower income;
• have a computer but lack the confidence or skills to use online financial tools and services, and;
• want to access their Personal Tax Account and could do with a bit of help.
Following its recent conference on digital inclusion and identified by focus groups, Positive Ageing in London has made a series of recommendations to inform the Mayor’s Smart London Plan. The recommendations are wide-ranging, but have been grouped under five broad themes:
• Helping older Londoners to develop and improve their digital skills
• Training & research
• Co-designing digital services
• Connectivity & security
• Transport services
The recommendations can be downloaded from the PAiL website.