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 …
Read more

Nobody is listening to us. Not the banks, financial services, and not the government. Especially not the government!  Maybe the bright young things aged 20-30 who advise the government on their policies do not realise that the largest percentage of the population is over 50 – the older person’s label. How many times have we …
Read more

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 …
Read more

I know, I know – more about PPI… As if you’ve not been battered enough by the constant cold calls! But never fear – it will end soon. PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) is a type of insurance designed to cover repayments on a loan or credit card in the event of an accident, sickness, or unemployment. …
Read more

You may be aware that we have been highlighting the issue of ID for many years. One of the biggest barriers to banking for many older people is the problem of ID and the fact that many banks and building societies will only accept a driving licence with a photo or a passport.  This is …
Read more

I am sorry that I am once again repeating the warnings about scams, and you will say that we know all this, but there has been an alert that scams are yet again on the increase and people need to be very aware. There is of course the old scam of telling people they are …
Read more

A protest was held at 10.30am on Tuesday 28 June to mark the launch of legal action against Transport for London (TfL) proposals for a ‘floating’ bus stop outside St Thomas’ Hospital. A petition calling for TfL to rethink its proposals has been signed by more than 1,000 people. Patients, visitors and staff getting off …
Read more

A protest was held at 10.30am on Tuesday 28 June to mark the launch of legal action against Transport for London (TfL) proposals for a ‘floating’ bus stop outside St Thomas’ Hospital. A petition calling for TfL to rethink its proposals has been signed by more than 1,000 people. Patients, visitors and staff getting off …
Read more

The government proposals In December 2015, the Department of Health (DH) announced its intention to reduce the level of funding for community pharmacies in England, starting with a cut of £170m (six per cent) from October 2016. At the same time, it wants to encourage ‘efficiencies’ such as the online supply of medicines.  The DH …
Read more

Do you walk for pleasure or only to get from A to B? Where do you go to walk – is it in the parks – walking on grass, sand or impacted soil and even with the possibility of breathing fresh air or do you walk on the hard pavements breathing in the polluted environment? …
Read more