This past Monday saw Age UK London work alongside London Trading Standards to host a Scams Awareness Workshop for local residents and businesspeople. Unfortunately we heard a number of very worrying statistics with huge ramifications for older people in London.
It’s always difficult to know where you stand with Roald Dahl. Whenever you pick up a book or put on a film that the great storyteller has written, it’s often hard to predict what comes next. Will it feature the heart-warming resilience of Matilda? Perhaps we’ll delve into a mysterious adventure akin to The BFG? Or maybe the bad-taste debauchery of My Uncle Oswald will surface? Whatever happens, it’s certainly very hard to second guess the mind of Mr Dahl.
Let’s see what Esio Trot has to offer…
“Sex at 70? Falling in love at 65? Coming out at 62?” – Read our review of Roundelay at the Southwark Playhouse here.
Imagine older actors in their 70s and 80s, actors who have spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people’s words. Imagine they were on stage with nothing but themselves and no words but their own. No script, no map, a different show every night, all they have is a lifetime of theatre to help them find their way.
This is the central theme of Lost Without Words, which we were lucky enough to be invited to watch at the National Theatre last week. Here’s our review of the show…
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.”
Ever wanted to use Twitter, but felt unsure how to get started? Felt confused at the mention of “retweets”, “hashtags”, and “likes”? Never really understood the point of the website at all? Well, we’ve put together a guide to the basics to get you up and running on Twitter!
There’s a slight change to our format this month, as we look at ageing in film, rather than our usual topic of ageism. This month’s blog follows our trip to The Soho Hotel to see the film adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel Ethel and Ernest.
Whether on the tube, the internet, or your television set, you should hopefully by now have seen the latest Christmas adverts from Age UK. Once again this holiday season, we at Age UK London want to remind the capital that “no one should have no one this Christmas”.
There’s some kind of unwritten life rule that states it’s always harder to get out of bed on Sunday mornings. Mondays and Wednesdays come a close second, but it’s Sunday mornings that take the prize. This is especially true when there’s frost on the window pane and you need to travel across to Victoria Park to run 5 kilometres dressed as Santa Claus. As you do.
I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like the film Up. Even I, as a curmudgeon who usually rejects my friends’ love of the bright and shiny world of Disney, had my heart melted by this movie.
Now, it must be said, I’m not entirely sure why Up manages to strike a chord while so many other animated films fall flat. At a guess, it’s a mix of simple – yet effective – storytelling, vibrant visuals, and a script that manages to elicit laughs from viewers of all ages. Which is no mean feat.