Did you know that there is now a new system for registering to vote? Will it be relevant to you? Yes – it may be very important to you. Under the old system the head of household could register everyone living at a particular address so if you had family living with you, you could …
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The Centre for Accessible Environments are undertaking research on behalf of Sport England and English Federation of Disability Sport and want any older or disabled people to fill in our survey. It’s a swimming pool user survey on the poolpod, a device to make pool access easier. The deadline for completion is 31st March. We …
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2014/15 was not a particularly good year for care homes, and not just care homes for older people but also those who are vulnerable due to physical or mental health difficulties and especially those with learning difficulties. There were lots of closures with a disturbing amount of closures following CQC inspections – I think people …
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This is one of the latest big questions exercising our politician’s and government’s mind amid the devastation of the floods, doctors contracts, housing, the EU question, immigration, Syria, tube strikes to name but a few. Why has this important question arisen? Toby Perkins MP has brought this up under the 10 minute rule. He thinks …
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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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I have been a carer for my husband for the last ten years or so. He has had Parkinson’s Disease (now very advanced) for some 20 years and has PD dementia. He is unable to do anything for himself, cannot stand or maintain a seated posture, cannot speak or feed himself, has difficulty swallowing, is …
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You are invited to ‘The Impact of Addictions on our Communities Conference’ on Thursday 4th February between 11am – 4pm at Belvedere Youth and Community Centre, Mitchell Close (off Lower Road), Belvedere, Kent, DA17 6AA. The conference was initially started by the Bexley Multifaith Forum six years ago after a careful local research how addictions …
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Lewisham Pensioners Forum are running an event entitled ‘Dealing with Dementia’ on Wednesday 27th January, 2016. The event will run from 10am until 12.30pm and will be taking place at Civic Suite, Lewisham Town Hall, Catford, London SE6 4RU. We all know of someone, or have someone in the family, with dementia. We often don’t recognise the symptoms or know …
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Welcome to the latest Age UK London Opinion Exchange Update! The Age UK London Opinion Exchange is a 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 people’s …
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Yes – back to that old chestnut – crisis in social care. I am beginning to think there has never been a time in the last ten years when social care has not been in crisis. And what is the key ingredient for every social care crisis – funding. In fact you may remember that …
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