Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 26th January from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 26th January from 10.00 – 11.30. Speakers include Dr Lis Boulton, Health and Care Policy Manager at Age UK. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

We now understand better the on-going detrimental impact of the Covid pandemic and the preventable deterioration on the health of many of our older population, notably the evidence that people can take action to prevent and reduce many of the problems that have hitherto been regarded as immutable effects of the biological process of ageing. This will significantly reduce pressure on our health and care systems.

The Government’s recent Adult Social Care Reform White Paper (December 2021) sets out an ambitious 10-year plan to transform support and care in England, putting People at the Heart of Care, by giving them choice, control, and support to live independent lives. Live Longer Better promotes early intervention which will help to reduce the pressures and associated costs on our Health and Care systems, by supporting people’s independence and allowing real choice.  

Join us at the next national event to understand how Live Longer Better’s 2022 New Year’s Revolution aims to reduce the need for Health and Social Care for our older population, by preventing, delaying, slowing and reversing frailty and dementia, by increasing activity – physical, cognitive and emotional.  

Live Longer Better aims to do this through the 3 Rs:

  • Recovery from the deconditioning effects of lockdown and Covid
  • Rejuvenation, regaining the fitness and ability lost in your last ten years
  • Reimagining your future and thinking positive, for example about increasing Brain Health as well as reducing the risk of dementia

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,500 delegates have attended our last five events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.  Register for this event now to secure your place!

Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event.

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health. We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

Recent scam phone call to watch out for

We’ve been made aware of a recent phone scam attempt to a member of the public from a company pretending to work for Age UK. Find out full details here.

Age UK has been made aware of a scam phone call that was made to a member of the public by a company who call themselves ‘Vision Homes’, purporting to work for Age UK and offering loft insulation. Please encourage any victims to report scams to their local trading standards and the local police. You can also find some useful resources below.

We have doorstep crime resources and phone scam resources available on our website.

Printed copies of our online Staying Safe guide are also available to order here. Please view the information on the Loop regarding how to order printed guides. (Please note that orders may take a little longer to fulfil than normal due pressures on resource and staff capacity.)

Age UK’s Winter Health Campaign 2021/22 – Local Campaign Packs

Find out all the details of this year’s Winter Health Campaign from Age UK’s Health Influencing Team. Download the Local Campaign Pack below and find the recording of last week’s Winter Webinar.

Age UK’s Health Influencing team is happy to announce the launch of our 2021/22 Winter Health Campaign! The Winter Health Campaign will hopefully play a crucial role in ensuring older people have access to the information, advice, and support that they need to navigate the upcoming winter months. This year, we need your help to engage older people and the wider community on the health issues that are likely to affect them this winter. Find full details below, including a Local Campaign Pack, and the recording of last week’s Winter Webinar.

This campaign will take place between October 2021 and March 2022, with the aim of supporting as many older people as possible through the winter period. Please find below the Age UK Winter Health Campaign local pack, which we hope you will find to be a useful resource to help inform and support your own local winter campaigns this year:


Please get in touch if you have any questions or require any further information. Thank you for supporting the campaign!

Winter Webinar Recording

For those who were unable to attend our Winter Webinar held last week, you can watch the recording of the session below:

Age UK Live Fringe Event at Conservative Party Conference

Age UK’s Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams, will be appearing at Age UK’s Live Fringe Event at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday 5th October.

Age UK will be delivering a live fringe event, in partnership with ConservativeHome, at the Conservative Party Conference. Our very own Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams CBE, will be on the panel, discussing the topic: ‘What needs to be done to ensure the Prime Minister’s social care plan succeeds?’. The event begins at 1pm on Tuesday 5th October and the livestream can be viewed here. We apologise for the short notice of this event – the recording will be available after the event at the link above for anyone who can’t make it tomorrow.

The Prime Minister’s social care plan represents a once in a generation opportunity to reform and fund a system which for many years was neglected as too difficult or too controversial to address. Now that the Government has taken action, how do we ensure the policy works and social care’s numerous challenges are properly addressed?

Featuring:
  • Gillian Keegan, Minister for Care
  • Cllr Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council
  • Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Upcoming Press Release: Fuel Poverty Map of England Revealed

This press release from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition (embargoed until October 1st) reveals their latest research – a fuel poverty map of England.

The End Fuel Poverty Coalition has prepared a press release to reveal their latest research – a fuel poverty map of England. As Age UK is part of the Coalition and the press release features a quote from our Charity Director Caroline Abrahams, we wanted to share it with you before it is sent to the media tomorrow. This release is embargoed until Friday 1st October, so we have placed it for you to view on the loop here. If you have any problems accessing the loop, please email theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Statement on Energy Price Rises from Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams

With many reports of potential energy shortages and price rises currently circulating in the press, Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams has released a statement which can be read in full below.

“Lots of older people will have seen the reports about the possibility of energy shortages & price hikes coming soon and will be extremely anxious as a result. It’s hard enough for many to keep warm through the winter as it is, but now it seems this annual challenge could become tougher still.

“We urge older people not to be overly concerned at this stage, pending more information from Government, which we hope will be published very soon. In the meantime, if you are having problems paying your energy bills, or repaying a debt, it is the duty of your energy company to help you so it’s worth getting in touch with them, though at present their phone lines are likely to be busy. Any older person is also welcome to call the Age UK advice line. Hopefully we can assist you, for example by checking you are receiving all the financial help to which you are entitled. 

“If these reports about soaring energy bills turn out to be true Age UK will certainly be calling on the Government to take action so that a problem in the energy sector doesn’t translate into a tragedy for millions of older people who can’t keep their homes adequately warm.” 

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

Older people and their families looking for advice can call Age UK’s free national advice line on 0800 169 65 65 (lines are open every day, 8am – 7pm).

Providing data analysis support to Partners

Age UK are setting up a programme that will provide support to Partners to help analyse your data. Find out how to get involved.

As you know, Age UKs collect data from delivering services to older people, their families, and carers which requires analysis on an almost daily basis. This allows Partners to report on these services, provide insight to understand service users and improve services. However, we are aware that for some Partners there either is not the capacity internally to do this analysis, or the access to software required to fully explore the data. Therefore, Age UK are setting up a programme that will provide support to Partners to help analyse your data. Full details can be found below.

Age UK are setting up a programme that will allow Partners to access support from Age UK to analyse their data.

This support will cover:

  • Statistical analysis of existing datasets, from small single-issue datasets to whole service or organisation datasets
  • Support to consider data collection, and plans to improve data collection
  • Provide support to plan analysis and embed analysis in day to day operations
  • Support to interpret and create action plans based on findings from analysis

If you are interested in taking part, or have any questions, please contact localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk. This offer is not time limited and will be available as a support offer until further notice.

In case you missed it: we posted earlier this week about a new template Data Privacy Impact Assessment resource which may also be of interest. Click here for further details.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Webinar: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care”

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better webinar on Wednesday 6th October at 10am.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better national webinar titled: “Reducing the need for Health and Social Care – How Live Longer Better can do it!“. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 6th October from 10.00 – 11.30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The effects of the Covid pandemic and lockdown have had substantial impact on the health of our older population and there are more people less active than ever before.  The result will be an imminent spike in the need for health and social care which will significantly increase the pressures on our primary, acute healthcare services and social services. For every additional year of healthy life expectancy, estimates show that the need for Health and Social Care can be reduced by £45 million a year.

The Live Longer Better revolution aims to reduce disability, dementia and frailty by enabling older people to become more active, physically and mentally. It is now accelerating its drive to take radical action to reframe, re-enable and re-invigorate a whole systems approach to support our ageing society become more physically active, more independent and fundamentally improve their quality of life.  

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – nearly 1,000 delegates attending the last 4 events with cross sector representation including local authorities, Age UK, NHS, Care Homes, Leisure Trusts and various voluntary and community sector partners.  Feedback given by delegates confirmed that the events fully met their expectations.

The Programme will include Public Health England, Centre for Ageing Better and of course Sir Muir Gray.  Further programme details will be circulated nearer the event. 

This Live Longer Better collaboration between Sir Muir Gray, Optimal Ageing Associates and Active Partnerships provides a unique combination of skills and resources, bringing together the cultures of coaching and health.  We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations and speakers around the Live Longer Better work.

New promotional leaflet – Age UK Information & Advice: A lifeline for older people

A new leaflet has been produced to promote the collective provision of information and advice across the Age UK Network.

A new leaflet has been produced which aims to raise the profile of Age UK’s information and advice provision – our collective provision through the national service and local partners’ services. The main purpose of the leaflet is for Age UK’s Influencing Team, and the Fundraising Team, to send to politicians, civil servants, and corporate contacts, in order to make them more aware of the kinds of support we offer older people, and the scale of what we do. 

You can view the leaflet here.

We hope that the leaflet will help us secure more support for Age UK I&A provision, and more funding for it, especially through funded national programmes, which form such an important source of income for our combined local and national I&A provision. 

We did look at making a version that local partners could adapt for their own use, but it would require too many editable elements to make it work. However, partners may find the text useful in drawing up their own materials to promote their I&A provision. 

To feed back about the leaflet, contact john.edwards@ageuk.org.uk.

Message from Caroline Abrahams – Once in a generation chance to fix social care

Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams comments on the Prime Minister’s proposals for reforming and refinancing social care.

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced his proposals for reforming and refinancing social care. The pandemic has shown that England’s older people are left with a grossly underfunded and understaffed set of services which often fail to meet even their own modest expectations. This cannot be allowed to continue. Age UK and colleagues across the Age UK network have been calling for a radical overhaul of the social care system for many years. The announcement from the PM doesn’t give us everything we wanted, and we have concerns about how reforms will be funded, but we welcome the once in a generation opportunity to improve social care and we’ll be keeping the pressure on the Government so that it doesn’t slip away.

We think the funding settlement for local authorities in the autumn Spending Review will be particularly important to help older people and their families who currently receive social care. It is also vital that the social care workforce are better supported. We will continue to press hard for immediate action on both issues.

I’d like to thank our staff, campaigners, local and national partners who have joined us in being a powerful voice in our calls to make care fair. We hope this marks the start of a process of welcome change. The announcement from the Prime Minister has broken a log jam that has held back social care reform for far too long.

This couldn’t have happened without your support. It’s testament to your continued campaigning that the Government have finally published a plan, with more details to be released in the next few days. We should be incredibly proud that together we’ve helped to bring an end to decades of inaction.

We’ll keep you involved as we continue to hold the Prime Minister to his promise to ‘fix social care’. Meanwhile, look out for us turning our fire onto the Treasury and the Chancellor over the next few weeks, in order to influence the Spending Review. You can read our full media statement on the Age UK website.

Best wishes,

Caroline Abrahams
Charity Director, Age UK