Welcome to the latest Age UK London Opinion Exchange Update! The Age UK London Opinion Exchange is a new website from Age UK London. It is part of the organisation’s ‘Fit 4 Purpose’ project, which is funded by London Councils. The Opinion Exchange features opinion pieces and discussion forums to trigger debate and ensure older …
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Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, http://pailondon.org.uk/ is researching the impact on older people  of the ongoing changes in welfare benefits. The introduction of Universal Credit instead of a range of existing benefits, the replacement of Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments, the so-called “under occupancy charge” for people “under-occupying” …
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Defibrillators

March 19th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health - (0 Comments)

Defibrillators – we have all seen them used in TV programmes such as Casualty and they always look very dramatic and in some ways they are – they can save your life. Every year over 10,000 people in London alone suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest. That is when your heart stops, blood is …
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What does your library offer you? Across the country and across London there is a wide variation of services for the whole community so how much do you use it? Would you miss the service if it was not there? Is it accessible and open at times convenient to you? Can you always get a …
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If you are an adult with mobility issues that are significant enough to prevent you from using public transport, ostensibly Dial-a-Ride (DaR) appears to be the answer to all your travel woes. You no longer have to endure the indignity of waiting for impatient, harried commuters or Transport for London staff sometimes reluctant to help …
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Blue Badge ‘Renewal’

March 19th, 2014 | Posted by Kathrin Meyrick in Digital | Transport - (0 Comments)

I wonder what proportion of Blue Badge holders are older people and, of those, have the computer skills and mental stamina to apply for a renewal of their Blue Badge for preferential parking? I recently helped an older person apply for a renewal and the following issues came to light: 1. There is no renewal …
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The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) is the UK charity which helps protect people from electrical accidents and fires.  Each week in the UK, one person dies from an electrical accident and well over a quarter of a million are injured every year. Most household fires – more than 20,000 annually – are caused by electricity, …
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Last year National Voices and Think Local Act Personal worked with people who use health and care services, their organisations, and professionals to develop a Narrative for Coordinated Care.  The Narrative sets out what good person-centred, coordinated care looks like from the perspective of all people who use services – regardless of their condition or …
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You may be aware that there are growing concerns with respect to how long some people have to wait for an ambulance. This really stems from the way ambulance services are now provided. Obviously 999 calls for life threatening conditions are answered very quickly – it is the situation where a person’s condition is not …
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You may remember last year Transport for London (TfL) consulted on the idea of removing the option to pay by cash on bus services. The reasons for the proposed move to cashless buses were the increased use of Oyster and contactless payment cards and the low numbers using cash meant that significant savings could be …
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