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Technology – The Future’s Bright… but for Whom?

I went to a breakfast briefing by Windsor Leadership Trust on the future impact of technology. The key speaker was Dr Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist and editor of a forth-coming book, “Megatech” looking at the world in 2050.

It was fascinating stuff, including his list of ten imagined companies who are going to be integral to our lives in the future – but what are the implications for older people?

Time to Talk – Older People and Mental Health

Yesterday marked the fourth national Time to Talk Day, a yearly initiative run by Time to Change which aims to break the silence surrounding mental health issues. In fact, since it first launched in 2014, Time to Talk Day has generated millions of conversations across the country, from homes, schools, and workplaces, to online networks and the media. Such conversations are important across all demographics, but as the Mental Health Foundation’s website states, “older people are more vulnerable to mental health problems.”

Ageism in Film #5 – Nebraska

The plot itself is simple. Woodrow T. Grant (Bruce Dern) gets a letter that says he’s won $1,000,000 and decides to go and claim his prize. There are only a couple of problems. Firstly, he lives in Montana, and needs to get to Nebraska. The trip is about 800 miles, but he has had his drivers’ license revoked.

The second problem is that the letter is a scam.

Save Our Post Office Workers!

Ever stood in a post office queue and wondered why on earth you’re waiting so long? Surely just buying a stamp and weighing something shouldn’t take so much time?! Why is the worker at the desk having a 40 minute conversation with somebody and holding up the queue? It’s only when you start to observe the conversation taking place at the post office counter that you begin to realise just how many vulnerable people there are that badly need this service.

The Forgotten Faces of Generation Rent

The face of Generation Rent includes university graduates, young professionals, even families with children – but in many ways the term inadvertently excludes older people. It assumes older generations are enjoying their own home and the financial benefits and comfort that come with it, as though the older sections of society are unaffected by soaring house prices and cuts to social services and housing.

Happy New Year From Age UK London!

Happy new year! It’s been a fantastic last twelve months here at Age UK London: we’ve moved to a brand new office; hosted an election hustings with all four major mayoral candidates; and celebrated another successful year of our Fit 4 Purpose project! There have been a huge number of individual achievements too though. With that in mind, we wanted to use our last blog of the year to let our staff members tell you about their favourite moments of 2016 and to outline their ambitions for the coming twelve months.