Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 30th April 2018

Weekly Members News – 30/04/2018

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Opportunities for Action

Health and Older Workers

TAEN/CROW/LSE have announced the latest seminar in the series on research concerning the ageing workforce and older workers.

  • Date and time: Friday 25 May 2018 1345 – 1730
  • Venue: The London School of Economics, The Graham Wallas Room, Old Building, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

For more details and to book, visit Eventbrite.

 

Retain, Retrain, Recruit: Strengthening London’s Workforce

The National Careers Service is organising a briefing to help you understand the Department for Work & Pensions Fuller Working Lives strategy and develop your own strategies for recruiting, retraining and retaining older workers to improve your business performance.

  • Date and time: Wednesday 2 May 2018, Networking Lunch from 1pm, Session from 2pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Bridge Room, Kings Place, London N1 9AG

This event is by invitation only: please RSVP toncsbookings@prospects.co.uk or telephone 0208 315 1262.

 

Life Long Learning Conference

Positive Ageing in London is organising a free, half-day conference focusing on Life Long learning. Expert speakers will be talking about life-long learning and older people, including experiences of the U3A, over 60s wishing to become post graduates, training and educational opportunities for both employed, unemployed and retired older people. There will be focus group discussions, after which, PAiL will draw up recommendations to present to the Mayor and government officials. We will focus specifically on skills and education strategies and how they link to employment, life long learning and the benefits that learning brings to all ages.

For more details and to book, visit Eventbrite.

 

For Information

Shingles

Public Health England has issued revised guidelines on the shingles immunisation programme. Patients can now be offered the shingles vaccine as soon as they reach eligible age (70 or 78).

Health Warning for Employers: supporting older workers with Mental Health conditions

The Centre for Ageing Better has published a new report showing that employers are not properly supporting older workers experiencing long-term physical and mental health conditions. Health is the most important factor affecting older workers’ decisions to stop working before reaching state pension age. The research finds that early access to support, small adjustments to the workplace and working patterns and empathetic management are crucial to enabling people to manage their health at work and remain in employment.

A survey of over 1,000 people shows one quarter of people aged 55 and over with a health condition who are still in work are considering leaving because of their health. The research also found that workers are often put off speaking to employers until the last moment due to poor workplace culture and overly bureaucratic procedures.

For more details and to access the full report, visit Ageing Better’s website.

Measuring National Well-being

The Office for National Statistics has published an update of the Measuring of National Well-being programme, providing a broadly positive picture of life in the UK, with most indicators either improving or staying the same over the short-term (one year) and long-term (five years). The update provides a breakdown by age: overall, from about the age of 65 until at least our mid-70s, levels of personal well-being look very positive. People in this age range give higher ratings that the things they do are worthwhile and higher happiness ratings on average than younger age cohorts.

Specifically, looking at responses to the four personal well-being questions over the year to September 2017:

  • a higher proportion of those aged 16 to 19 and those aged 65 and over reported a high level of life satisfaction (9 to 10 out of 10) than those aged 20 to 24 and 30 to 59
  • a higher proportion of those aged 65 to 79 reported a high level of worthwhile (9 to 10 out of 10) than those aged 16 to 64
  • a higher proportion of those aged 65 to 84 reported a high level of happiness (9 to 10 out of 10) than all those aged 16 to 64

The full report is available on the ONS website.

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