Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 24 July 2017

Opportunities for Action


  • Move it or lose it! would like to invite you to their annual Active Ageing conference providing the latest research from renowned experts. This is a fantastic learning and professional development opportunity for all those working to help older adults enjoy active, healthier, happier lives. The Keynote speaker is Dr Costas Karageorghis (Author and Reader Sport Psychology, Brunel University London), with other speakers including: Professor Janet Lord (Director of the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research, University of Birmingham), Dr Thomas Jackson (Clinician Scientist and Visiting Consultant in Geriatric Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital), Professor Susan Lanham-New (Head of Nutritional Sciences, University of Surrey and scientific adviser to the National Osteoporosis Society), Dr Allison Smith – (Head of Strategy & Development at Royal Voluntary Service) and Julie Robinson (Founder of Move it or Lose it). Refreshments and lunch are included at the conference, which is scheduled for Tuesday 12 September in Birmingham. Click here for booking and further information. You may obtain a £30 discount if you use the code AGE30 to book before Friday 11 August.


  • Conference: Local Government – the Arts and Older People – 05 & 06 September 2017. This is a two day conference in Nottingham, looking at Local Government, the Arts and Older People. As a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City, Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people. There is consistent evidence that a range of art and music related interventions are supportive in promoting and protecting mental wellbeing and independence. This evidence is incorporated into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Mental wellbeing and independence for older people and will be a key point of discussion within the conference. Roundtable discussions, Workshops and Displays and digital exhibitions of best practice in this field will also be featured. You may attend both days or day 1 (05 September) or day 2 (06 September). Click here for booking details.


  • Mum! Tragic Comedy About a Deluded Girl and Her Mannequin Lover followed Playback Theatre Emma struggles: conflicted about her tumultuous relationship with her mother. While she knows the importance of mourning her mum to heal herself, she doesn’t want to face the truth. Through grief: deluded, she strikes up a romantic relationship with her mannequin, Yasmin. Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of Playback Theatre and all its potential to entertain, inform, challenge, excite, connect and inspire… The performance on Wednesday 26 July in London will take place in two different ways followed by each other. The first part will be the performance MUM! a scripted show which we hope will make you laugh, make you wonder, maybe even cry, and certainly stimulate you with feelings, thoughts and all sorts of those things which make us human! The second part will be Playback Theatre which is an opportunity for you to talk (if you feel like) about your feelings, thoughts – whatever has come up for you as a result of seeing MUM!. After talking you will see what you have said transformed into theatre. We call this Playback Theatre, and it will be entirely improvised – no script – and guided by what we call a ‘Conductor’ and performed by actors who will listen deeply to what you have to say and then transform this into art! Click here to find out more, and book tickets.


  • National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions Warm Homes Fund National Grid and Community Interest Company Affordable Warmth Solutions have announced a new £150 million Warm Homes Fund to help make households in Great Britain warmer, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Warm Homes Fund will be run over three years and will provide capital funding for the installation of affordable heating solutions in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. It has been established by National Grid to help supplement traditional funding streams and is open to bids from local authorities, housing associations and their partners in England, Wales and Scotland. It is broadly split in to three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions. Affordable Warmth Solutions are asking eligible applicants to register interest in the scheme by 31 July 2017. Click here for further information.


  • The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80 million central government fund ‘to provide payment-by-results contracts for locally developed projects by socially minded investors’. Contracts must be locally commissioned and aim to tackle complex social problems. The LCF has six themes and it has now issued a call on the last theme – Older people’s services. The priority is for proposals that help maintain independent living, focusing on outcomes that support hospital discharge and reduce or delay long-term admissions to care homes. The call says that they would ideally like to see proposals that put older people in the lead of designing the services they receive. Housing adaptations, assistive technology and Telecare are specifically mentioned as examples of interventions that can enable older people to live more independently and stay in their own home, delaying admission to residential care. Reducing injuries from falls are cited as an opportunity for Social Investment Bonds to be applied. Living in poor housing conditions is included in the list of factors that can put older people at risk of developing a health condition or injuries. Full details, including how to apply, are here. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 14 September 2017.



For your information


  • Giving a Voice – Advocacy on behalf of people with dementia and people with cancer: a study of the effects on service users’ lives This is a review, published by the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF), and carried out by the University of Salford of advocacy work undertaken over recent years by BJF. The work has been concentrated on two projects focused respectively on meeting the different needs of people with dementia and people with cancer. Advocacy is a simple but important concept. It effectively helps to provide a voice for individuals whose needs may not be being met. This ranges from simply providing emotional support to people able in some measure to represent themselves, to more formally representing and ‘advocating’ on behalf of clients who are less able to articulate their own needs, to a range of agencies. The advocate also helps people to navigate the systems that patients need to deal with, including those of the health, social services and benefits agencies. For anyone having to deal with such systems for the first time, the task can be daunting. This report highlights some of the outcomes from BJFs advocacy work, and some lessons for the future. The topics explored are potentially relevant for all of us as we get older, as well as for our friends and relatives. The report also usefully helps raise awareness of the stereotypes and the ignorance that surround some health conditions. Click here to download the report.


  • Alert: Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC Herts Police receive alerts from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are the information part of Action Fraud, the UK police’s fraud reporting centre. Herts Police would like to alert older residents to current frauds and scams that may affect them. One type of fraud that is on the increase and is particularly impacting on older people who are at home in the daytime is where fraudsters phone older people at home claiming to be the tax office (HMRC) and telling them that they have a tax debt from years ago. They claim to have legal documents and even a warrant for their arrest, and that they must pay their debt immediately or they will be arrested.  As you can imagine, this has caused distress to elderly recipients of these calls. The residents are often being asked to make these payments in iTunes vouchers (often elderly people don’t know what iTunes vouchers are, so don’t realise that this payment method would never be used by the tax office). Click here for more details on this type of crime on the Action Fraud website.


  • Meet the winners of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017 Their annual Tech4Good Awards ceremony is an inspiring celebration of the amazing people who use technology to make the world a better place. The judges had an impossible task to choose between 32 incredible finalists – and there were 24,000 votes for the People’s Award. They ended up with eleven winners – including Maggie Philbin OBE for her work inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs – but every one of the finalists deserves recognition for their commitment and innovation. Read more about the awards here.


  • United for All Ages builds stronger communities and a stronger country by bringing younger and older people together and promoting a Britain for all ages. Rather than dividing generations, social and economic policies and projects should unite all ages. Everyone should have the chance to work, somewhere decent to live and support for families with caring responsibilities. Underpinning action on homes, care and jobs should be fair taxation, shifting the balance from taxing income to taxing wealth. Click here for a round – up of the latest news from United for All Ages.


  • The July 2017 issue of Voice of Senior Citizens from Ageing Nepal is available now for your information, use and sharing. Click here to download your copy.

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