Author Archives: Mervyn Eastman

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The Future of Positive Ageing in London

September 13th, 2016 | Posted by Mervyn Eastman in London | Older People - (1 Comments)

Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, wants to hear your views on what we should be doing from late 2016 on! ¬†With London’s older people growing in number and their contribution to the capital increasingly important, and increasing challenges to tackle ageism and meet growing needs, there is everything to play …
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Resisting Everyday Ageism: Who’s Afraid of Being Old ?

February 13th, 2015 | Posted by Mervyn Eastman in Campaigns - (0 Comments)

Most of us are familiar with the pernicious myths and stereotypes about ageing that impact on our daily lives as we get older. Being considered as ‘frail’, forgetful and doddery, lonely, living with dementia, sexless and abused; examples of what Julia Neuberger calls ‘Not dead Yet!’ If ageism is a reflection of a culture being …
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“Blame it on David Willetts” – Who’s He?

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Mervyn Eastman in Older People - (0 Comments)

In a recent edition of The Spectator, Melanie Philips, a Daily Mail columnist, took on a Conservative Party guru and MP and author of that dreadful book ‘The Pinch’. Willetts had argued that because of the likes of me, a Baby Boomer (b. 1949-1964) benefited from free higher education, affordable housing, full employment opportunities (bequeathed …
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A New Look at an Old Retirement Village Concept

September 13th, 2013 | Posted by Mervyn Eastman in Retirement - (1 Comments)

Some years ago I visited a huge purpose built retirement village run by a huge housing association in huge landscaped grounds of manicured lawns, chocolate box houses and apartments with the usual hairdressing, cinema, gym, pool and shopping outlet at its hub. At one level it was impressive, but at another disturbing. I readily acknowledge …
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