I went to a wonderful lecture entitled ‘Stroke of Fate – The Politics of Recovery’ organised by the Disabled Living Foundation. It was given by Andrew Marr, distinguished broadcaster, journalist and author and his equally distinguished wife journalist and campaigner Jackie Ashley. They talked about the devastating effect of his major stroke three years ago …
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Well it had to happen and it will probably occur more and more – paper train tickets will not be issued perhaps from next year. The grand theory is that everyone has ‘contactless credit or debit cards’. You will book your journeys online using a computer or mobile phone which of course everyone has and …
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How is it that there is anyone who is not bursting with health, goodwill and happiness in this ‘nanny state’ country – with all the advice we receive or, put another way, all the do’s and don’ts – it is a wonder that anyone becomes ill or dies. What with – eat your five a …
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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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