Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 09:15 for 09:45 to 15:30
Emmerson/Shears Conference Room
8 Fitzroy Street
London W1T 4BQ
As the population ages, an increasing number of people will be growing older and continuing to live in communities around the country. Many of our communities are ill-prepared for both the varying needs of older people ageing in place and the future increase in numbers of older people who will need appropriate housing, transport and services. The local elections in May also bring these issues into focus for elected representatives who will be seeking to prepare their areas for these challenges and give the best opportunities for good ageing to their constituents.
At this event we heard results of a series of three solutions-focussed policy discussions held by ILC-UK and Age UK. These discussions have looked at three distinct aspects of communities – from living at home, to getting out and about and the activities and amenities available (or missing) in our communities. We will be discussing a forthcoming report summarising the fresh thinking and practical suggestions for policy makers, local government and community groups gathered from these sessions.
The conference also included sessions on research and information on this topic, and what needs to be done to take action in our communities. All sessions will feature opportunities for attendees to participate in the discussion and add their views on where priorities for action should be focussed.
Agenda from the event:
Welcome - Malcolm Dean (Chair)
Welcome - Caroline Abrahams; Charity Director, Age UK
Scene Setting - Are we ready for ageing? - Baroness Tyler; Member of Lords Committee on Public Services and Demographic Change
Community Matters – are our communities ready for ageing? - Jessica Watson; Policy and Communications Manager, ILC-UK
Improving Later Life - Susan Davidson; Research Adviser, Age UK
Community Matters : are our communities ready for ageing? - Professor Sheila Peace; Professor of Gerontology, Open University and President Elect of the British Society of Gerontology
Welcome back - David Sinclair; Assistant Director Policy and Communications, ILC-UK (Chair)
Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness. The tale of two cities. - Tracey Robbins; Programme Manager, Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness, JRF
Wellbeing and Interdependence through Assisted Living - Pam Turpin; Senior Research Analyst, Arup
Taking action– in the voluntary sector - Lynne Berry; Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing
Taking action – involving older people - Dr Alan Burnett; Chair, Portsmouth Pensioners Association
Open Discussion - what should be the priorities for action?
Taking action – the Centre for Ageing Better - Cheryl Coppell; Chief Executive, Havering Council / Centre for Ageing Better
The presentation slides from the event can be viewed below: