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.

Ageism: the last taboo is the first event

  • Date and time: Wednesday 2 May 2018, 0830 – 1030
  • Venue: The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

To book, visit Eventbrite

Volunteers needed for befriending

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.

If you’d like more information about our befriending service, or to volunteer:
Call us on 020 8691 7411
Email: or visit our Website:

For Information


Struggling to cope

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
  • Hoarding
  • 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

Age UK has conducted research which has given important insights into people’s lived experiences, as well as the perspectives of others in their lives.

Abuse taking place in 99% of care homes

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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