Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 2 October 2017


Opportunities for Action


  • European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS) School is organising a free event: Managing the Menopause into Older Age at the Edinburgh Napier University

Date: Friday 24th November
         Time: 11:00am – 17:30pm
         Location: Sighthill Campus, Room LRC 5, Edinburgh, E11 4BN
         Cost: Free

To register and find out more information visit here.

  • The International Longevity Centre UK annual conference aims to reinvigorate those already convinced of the importance of ageing. But to achieve the transformation we need must reach beyond the usual suspects. We need businesses, entrepreneurs, people managers, and marketing professionals to work with the charity sector and policy makers and politicians to deliver change. The conference will seek to kick-start that transformation. It won’t be a run of the mill “ageing” conference. It will be different. We will challenge and energise you. We want the conference to lead to change. If we are to make the most of the opportunity of age we need to engage businesses and community leaders to act.

Date: Tuesday 29th November
          Time: 9:00am – 18:00pm
          Location: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

  • Age UK would like you to contribute to a research project about managing day-to-day finances in retirement. Selected participants receive a £50 voucher. Age UK is looking for retired men and women aged 55 and over to take part in research taking place in the second half of November. Age UK is researching ways to help older people manage their money better. There are now many improved budgeting tools and apps available online, however we know that many older people are not online and many of those who do use the internet do not use it for banking or money management.  Age UK specifically wants to find out if there is a need for a paper based tool that is designed especially with goals and motivations relevant to later life in mind.  The research is looking at day-to-day and short-term budgeting, not at longer-term financial planning such as pensions and investments, or saving for long-term care.
  • You will not be asked to disclose particulars of your personal finances. Follow this link to see the questionnaire and find out more info. Participants will be selected by the 1st of November

         Date: Men’s workshop 28th & Women’s Workshop 30th Nov
         Selected participants will have to attend the below address
         Location: Age UK, 1-6 Tavis Stock Square, WC1H 9NA

To find out more email:



For Your Information

Drug trials for Alzheimer’s

  • The Alzheimer’s Society reports that the latest drug being trialled as a treatment to help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease has failed. Despite promising results in an earlier trial, people taking the experimental drug intepirdine in the Phase III MINDSET trial did not see any substantial benefits in memory and thinking compared to those who took a placebo. There were also no improvements in how well people were able to complete their daily activities such as dressing, cooking and using public transport.Intepirdine was being tested as an add-on to existing Alzheimer’s medications. It wasn’t expected to slow down the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s, but based on earlier studies, researchers were hopeful that it would go further than the existing drugs to help people cope with the symptoms of dementia.Despite this setback, the Society remains optimistic that the broader research focus of the UK Dementia Research Institute, which will fund over 400 scientists, may unlock the doors to many alternative treatment approaches.

Drive to increase volunteering & community activity by people 50+

  • The Centre for Ageing Better has announced that it will lead a review in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport into how to enable more people aged 50 and over to contribute their time, skills and experience to their communities.
    The review will focus particularly on how to increase voluntary and community activity among underrepresented groups, such as people on low incomes and those with long-term health conditions. Older people in these groups can face particular challenges to taking part, and the review will explore how best to tackle these barriers.
    The review will involve calls for evidence from people with direct experience of volunteering in later life, as well as practitioners and researchers. Ageing Better will also host a series of roundtables chaired by sector leaders and experts and the review will culminate in summer next year with a set of practical recommendations to inform the work of government, funders, voluntary, public and private sectors.


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