Welcome to 2017! Where we’re asking “has life got better?”. Over the last few years I have written about a wide variety of issues and concerns – many of which are a real concern, not just to older people, but the wider community. So just out of interest, I thought I would look back on …
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You know how we are always being told that we must move into the modern world? No paper to clutter up your desk and home because emails/technology are the best things that have ever happened to mankind and save you so much time etc. etc. – rubbish! What absolute rubbish! Ok, it may be fine …
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I’m a big admirer of the the ‘Techy Tea Party’ movement pioneered by Sharon Tynan for Age UK London and then developed nationally by EE and Age UK. There’s now a National Techy Tea Party Day – or you can organise your own, as I reported last year from Primrose Hill. My friend John Popham has extended the idea to a …
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How do you watch TV?

September 25th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Digital | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

This is not such a silly question as the heading suggests. There are several ongoing debates around the BBC and one of the issues is around how people watch TV and what they watch – this is a major part of the discussions on the future of the BBC and the TV licence. We are …
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I’m not sure why but in the last few months I’ve had a lot of contact with companies and developers looking at IT solutions to reduce social isolation –  and whilst it’s very welcome that they are tackling this, my overall impression is that they’ve gone down the wrong track… ‘IT and older people’ has …
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Transport for London are reviewing the accessibility information that they make available via their website, Journey Planner and the open data that allows developers to produce apps. They  want to give older and disabled people more confidence to use the network safely and independently. What do you think of TfL’s information offer to help you …
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Age UK London will soon be launching a new campaign called “Tell Me!” to improve local information for older people and we will keep you posted as we go along. You can help us develop the evidence for the campaign by answering a few questions about your experience of getting information locally, through this online …
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As you are aware life is moving more and more towards everything only being accessible digitally – this of course is noticeable within the NHS where there are suggestions that more and more GP, community and social services are, or will be, on line. Now the question being discussed is which is best for patients …
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a duty to write guidance on how to interpret the Equality Act ban on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations. This covers many public and private services. The guide is intended to help businesses, public authorities, courts and others interpret the law. The EHRC are …
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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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