Keeping active in later life is very important and walking is a great choice – it’s gentle and low impact, but brings a host of health benefits. This May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month and we’re encouraging people to Try20 – that is, to fit 20 minutes of walking into their day throughout May …
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Yemen Crisis Appeal

December 20th, 2016 | Posted by Judith Escribano in Campaigns - (0 Comments)

Age UK London’s international partner, Age International, is raising funds to help older people in Yemen. The organisation’s Communications Manager, Judith Escribano explains why: The crisis in Yemen has left millions in desperate need of life-saving aid, including 1.65 million people in later life. Unable to flee the bombing, ignored and neglected, older people are …
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Mr Khan has a huge public health crisis on his hands. We are delighted that he has already announced that he will be consulting on new plans to tackle London’s air quality. For older people, particularly those with existing lung and heart conditions, these plans cannot come soon enough. Tiny particles of dust in the …
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This is my first post on the Opinion Exchange of 2016! We welcome another year with hope and optimism but will things change? Have things changed? We are downsizing our office so I have been going through the filing cabinets and archive boxes for the Greater London Forum for Older People – GLF – and …
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Age UK London are again consulting with older people in the capital through our annual ‘Your Priorities’ questionnaire. The results guide us in what we will campaign on next year. You can fill in the questionnaire online or by hard copy and we can pay for postage or collect questionnaires if this is desirable. You …
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We are always hearing about how London has a housing crisis. The Mayor of London has published for consultation  a Draft Interim Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) showing standards which are expected to apply to new housing in London. Consultation is open until 7 August. One of the GLA’s aims in this document is to …
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Age UK and Equally Ours, a project which has been funded by the Thomas Paine Initiative, have made a short film to raise awareness of the need for human rights protections for older people. The film is called ‘Charles’ and shows a man’s (Charles) life backwards, beginning in a care home and ending with him, …
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The government is consulting the public on what they think about the lifetime cap on what people should have to pay care costs,  introduced as part of the Care Act. The cap is to be  £72,000 but does not cover all costs that someone could possibly have for their care. Age UK has set up …
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It all depends on whether you think that art imitates life, or the other way round. Or to put it another way: is an artist’s primary responsibility to reflect the reality they see around them? Or to try to shape it for the better? Over the years, children’s literature, films and TV programming have tended …
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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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