Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 20 November 2017
Weekly Members News – 20/11/2017
Opportunities for Action
Planning for Later Life
Before making life changing care decisions or providing advice on later life care it is worth considering all of the options and how the care fees will be paid. As part of its “The Way Ahead” engagement project Age UK London is holding a free seminar to help organisations to structure their advice and information more effectively to meet future needs and enable individuals to gain essential information to plan their own requirements.
Jane Malcolm, Director of External Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Nicola Taylor, Founder and Editor Care Adviser Network
Catriona Lumiste, Regional Coordinator, Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA)
Jane Minter, Head of Programmes, Care & Repair England
Please book early by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 0207 820 6781
Shared Reading North West
The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool, delivers Shared Reading groups across a range of settings in the UK. It is now building a volunteer-led movement across the North West. Shared Reading has been proven to promote better health and well-being, to increase social inclusion and we want to make it part of every community across the North West. We’re bringing people together to build a region-wide, volunteer-led movement and we want to hear from you!
Could you run a Shared Reading group in your workplace or local library? Could you help to spread the word of new Shared Reading groups in your area? Do you have the experience or skills to support other volunteers?
Volunteers will become part of region-wide network and will receive full training and ongoing support.
Community Christmas, has a vision that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. We hope that by linking people with their communities on Christmas Day they will create connections that will last into the future. Christmas really can change lives and we hope we can work together to achieve that change.
As part of trying to achieve that vision we offer a free website listing to anyone doing something on Christmas Day. Last year we listed over 500 activities on Christmas day, which we estimate benefited approximately 15,500 over 75s. With half a million older people facing Christmas Day alone, and many others of all ages, and many of whom are socially isolated during the rest of the year, we need to do more.
We are well into our 2017 process and are trying to ensure that we have as many events and activities as possible listed on our website so that older people, or those that care about them, can do a post code search to find out what is going in their area. Of course loneliness can affect all ages and many of the events we list are for all ages or welcome younger people who might want to help out as volunteers.
You can also take this chance to knock on a neighbours door and get to know them over a mince pie. If either of you would like somewhere else to go on Christmas Day you can do a postcode search on the Community Christmas website to see what is in your area.
Age UK has worked with the charity Opening Doors London and author Sally Knocker to produce a new resource guide will help health and care professionals meet the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people – an area where resources and guidance is sparse.
The guide, called ‘Safe to be me’, is an essential resource that offers practical advice on being the kind of service in which older LGBT people can feel safe and accepted for who they are.
Age UK has produced handy guidance on influenza: why it’s important for older people to have a seasonable “flu jab”, who is eligible under the NHS scheme, and where to obtain one.
As people are living longer and the population ages, the government recognises the need to reach a long-term, sustainable solution to providing the care older people need. As part of this work the government has begun a process of engagement in advance of the green paper to ensure it reflects a wide range of views and requirements. Government will work with independent experts, stakeholders and users to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the green paper.