Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 26th March 2018
Weekly Members News – 26/03/2018
Opportunities for Action
Ageism: the last taboo?
The Centre for Ageing Better is launching an exciting new event series in 2018 to discuss and debate the topic of ageing. We want this series to bring together a wide range of people who are interested in the big issues related to ageing to raise the debate and start talking about ageing in a productive way.
The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship (CSRF) offers a befriending service to isolated older people, we are looking for volunteers to visit an older person for a chat over a cuppa. We are always looking for volunteers across the country, but the areas we are particularly short of volunteers are Berkshire/Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire and Lothian/Fife.
Age UK wants to see a world where everyone can enjoy and make the most of later life. Feeling well, having enough money, eating well and staying socially connected are key to wellbeing, but we know that some older people struggle with this.
We wanted to know more about what life is like for older people who show signs of struggling in various aspects of their lives, which might include:
Not keeping on top of household tasks
Letting their property fall into disrepair
Not maintaining personal hygiene
Not eating properly
Not taking medication
Social isolation and ‘shutting off from the world’
Not keeping on top of finances, leading to debt or threats of eviction
The Independent reports on recent research undertaken by University College London (UCL) and the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, in which a survey of 1,544 care staff shows that abuse was identified in 91 out of 92 care homes, most commonly relating to forms of neglect, such as older people left waiting for care and given insufficient time to eat.
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