Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 26th February 2018

Weekly Members News – 26/02/2018

Opportunities for Action


The Silver Economy

Positive Ageing in London, in partnership with Wise Age Ltd and Age Platform (UK) are organising a free mini conference and focus group around the silver Economy – the role , benefits and needs of older working age people to London’s Employment, Skills and Economic Development.

Date and time: 19 March, 1030-1530
Venue: Europe House , Smith Square London SW1P 3EU

For more information and to book, visit Eventbrite.


‘Beyond the Front Door’ Dementia & Housing Conferences

Our home – the place and the people – provides a major focus in our lives and is particularly important when we face transitions such as discharge from hospital or following a diagnosis of dementia. ‘Beyond the Front Door’ conferences will explore issues relating to the concept of ‘home’ to better understand their importance in relation to the sense of identity and wellbeing for people living with dementia.

These two conferences will be an opportunity for occupational therapists, housing support sectors, social housing providers, commissioners and those working in the voluntary sector to come together to learn from the Life Story Network’s ‘Beyond the Front Door’ report, support the development of toolkits and begin to embed responses to dementia in to projects and programmes of work relating to the home.

Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Time: 10:00 to 15:30
Location: Weetwood Hall Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS
Organised by: Life Story Network and Foundations

Book a free place

Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Time: 10:00 to 15:30
Location: Hallmark Hotel, Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8EU
Organised by: Life Story Network and Foundations

Book a free place


Take Part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment

BBC’s All in the Mind programme is undertaking research to help discover who feels lonely and what can be done to help them feel more connected, we’d like as many people as possible to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment.

We’ve been working with leading psychologists in the field of loneliness in a collaboration with Wellcome Collection to create this survey. We hope to answer some questions which haven’t been researched before.

Click to take part in the BBC Loneliness Experiment.

For Information


Age UK and Care Connect have produced two recent articles on loneliness:

•    Loneliness has been an emerging social issue for many years and with government recognising its importance with a Minister of Loneliness, it is important to recognise how loneliness and social isolation – so often used interchangeably – are different yet related. This article explains how these terms differ and why it is important to understand these differences when developing policies and services to combat loneliness. 

•    With February being LGBT History month, this article highlights the learning to date from an on-going evaluation of a Leeds-based project which is aimed at supporting older LGBT who are, or may be at risk of being, lonely.


A Silver Lining for the UK economy? The intergenerational case for supporting longer working lives

Despite the growth in older workers over the last 20 years, there is still a stark gap between employment rates of people in their 50s and early 60s and those in their 40s. Currently, less than half of the population are in employment the year before they are eligible for their state pension. This age employment gap is likely to grow in line with the scheduled rises in state pension age unless action is taken now.

The Centre for Ageing Better has produced a major new report setting out the case for supporting longer working lives, with recommendations for government and employers. For more information and to download the full report visit the Centre for Ageing Better website.


The Cost of Care

The Financial Times has published a useful article by Rosie Carr, Deputy Editor of the Investors Chronicle, setting out what she has learned through experience to be the 10 most important things she wished she had known when considering permanent residential care for an elderly parent.

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