The linkage between social connectedness and wellbeing is well established, and study after study – in the UK and overseas – has demonstrated the highly negative impacts on our physical and mental health that social isolation brings.
The pandemic highlighted the stark fact that many older people, especially those with underlying health or mobility problems, can spend long periods of time with little or no social contact: a recent YouGov survey confirmed that care workers (if they have them) are often the only people that their clients speak to for days at a time.
The closure of day centres and libraries, cuts in public transport, poverty, the loss of a partner, family and friends moving away… there can be any number of contributory factors. And many older people are becoming increasingly isolated from the rest of society by increasing digitisation of essential services and communications.
In this Action Area, we will be looking at the positive ways in which these issues can be addressed: sharing ideas, information, news and opinions on tackling the growing disconnect between millions of some of our most vulnerable citizens… and the rest of us.
We plan to run surveys and focus groups on this, as well as publish comment, news and research. To contribute towards this work, do please email email@example.com
“The launch of the Mayor’s Action Plan for an age-friendly London is a significant milestone in the city’s age-friendly journey. We want it to have a tangible impact and we will be the first to question any failure in results on behalf of older Londoners.”
Alarming new analysis carried out by Age UK reveals that almost half (46%) of over-65s in the UK are unable to complete all eight of the most fundamental tasks required to use the internet safely and successfully.
Age Action Alliance members Design Age Institute at the Royal College of Art has announced the latest round of investment from their Pathfinder Innovation Programme, which invests in good design to help bring an array of products and services for the UK’s ageing population towards market.
Between October 16 and 21st, 2023, communities across the UK will celebrate the vital role and inspiring work of Alliance members Community Transport (CT) in helping millions of people to stay independent, participate in their communities and access essential public services and employment.
Nearly half (48%) of older people in England on a low income have struggled to keep up with their broadband bill in the last six months, according to new research from the older people’s charity Independent Age – putting them at risk of further financial hardship and being digitally excluded.
If you’re intrigued about the opportunities for positive change that Artificial Intelligence could deliver, here’s an opportunity to be on board with an exciting new project funded by UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge.
Many older people, as well as those from some other groups, risk being left behind by the relentless move towards a digital world, particularly when it comes to travel. Jenni Scott, Administrator at Leeds Older People’s Forum, maps out the problems – even for some younger people like herself.
As more and more banks are being lost to the High Street, the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) is calling for action to prevent the continuing exclusion of older people, writes Jude Atkinson, along with the provision of dedicated community spaces to help older people regain control of their finances.
A Parliamentary report at the back end of June may have slipped your notice. It certainly went unmentioned in the majority of the UK media. The thrust is that, as the rest of the world moves increasingly online, a large swathe of our citizens are being left behind… way behind… and accuses the Government of…
All over the UK, public toilets are being closed in order to trim local authority spending. The resultant impact on older people can be significant by reducing their ability to visit town and city centres. But Age UK London is leading the fightback…
Jessica Duffy, Good Practice Mentor at Leeds Older People’s Forum, has been reflecting upon the work of their LGBTQ+ delivery partner during the Ageing Better programme, and wondering what using Chat GPT can bring to the discussion…
Denigrating “low traffic neighbourhoods” in order to portray oneself as “pro car” and so standing up for the average person rather than committing the sin of being “woke”, is yet another example of the socially-divisive politics being played out at the moment that will see the most vulnerable being put at risk, writes Tony Watts…
If you’re not already an avid listener, you might want to tune into the great output of The Later Life Audio and Radio Cooperative (LLARC): an award-winning and growing network of older radio show hosts, age-friendly radio stations, voluntary and community sector organisations and academic researchers working on age-related issues.
For reasons best known to the Government, new rules around voter ID will come into force at the May local elections. But where does that leave the two million voters ¬– many of them older people – who don’t have photographic ID? By Tony Watts OBE
Leeds Older People’s Forum runs the city’s Age and Dementia Friendly business scheme, to which over 90 businesses in the city have already signed up. Here are there top ten reasons why every business should follow suit…in every town and city.
AAA members the Older People’s Advocacy Alliance( OPAAL) have just published a series of free to download checklists, that will enable older people to better prepare for important conversations, and to speak up about their needs and wants.