Tackling Loneliness in London

As our population ages, we must ensure older people can thrive in our city. Too many older Londoners get lost in the crowd and are unable to make the most of later life. Yesterday I went to a Techy Tea Party, hosted by Age UK London at the HQ of Amazon Audible. It was part of #happytochat, a new campaign from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The party reminded me of how important both personal and virtual connections can be for older people. It was great to know the older people there were being given new skills to help them […]

National Dignity Council

National Dignity Council – Dignity Action Day

Dignity Action Day on 1st February 2017 started a month of events to promote dignity in everyday life as part an initiative by the National Dignity Council, a registered charity whose primary aim is to promote dignity across the board. The Council works actively to promote dignity in work settings and to challenge poor practice wherever they see it, by using the support of over 81,000 registered champions.

Find out all about the month’s events, including how you can get involved.

Your Priorities Survey 2016-2017

It’s that time again! Age UK London has started our “Your Priorities” consultation, an annual survey to discover the issues that older Londoners consider most important in their daily lives. The survey is a great opportunity for older people in the capital to tell Age UK London where to focus our policy and campaigning efforts over the coming years – all of our campaigning work is guided by you. The consultation asks respondents to rate their happiness with a variety of issues on a scale of one to five, including categories such as: their housing situation; tidiness of their neighbourhood; […]

Tell Me! – Our New Campaign on Information

Age UK London is starting a new campaign called “Tell Me!” to improve the information older people get from Councils and the NHS to help access vital public services. We hope to work with older people and local organisations to develop this campaign, which comes from our Your Priorities consultation on older Londoners’ top asks for change. In that consultation, two of the three aspects of life with which the older people responding felt most unhappy were the information they received from local authorities, and their ability to access computers and the internet. You can see the connection between these […]

Older People’s Contribution to London

Do you get tired of older people being labelled as “takers” not givers? It’s particularly annoying at a time when we’ve seen some inspirational older people carrying the Olympic Flame, for example a campaigner for accessible transport or the lady who took the Flame to Downing Street  Share this post: Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend

Can Older People Still Starve in London Hospitals?

Since 2006, Age UK has been campaigning to make sure older people in hospital get the chance to eat a square meal and so avoid becoming malnourished. Government, the NHS and professional bodies say they support this campaign. But malnutrition is still a serious danger for older people in hospital. The February 2011 report from the NHS Ombudsman on care for older people in the NHS “Care and Compassion” included cases of older patients not receiving adequate food or water. Nationally, large numbers of patients still leave hospital malnourished. How is London’s NHS responding? Age UK London with Greater London […]