“Why Can’t I Get Care?” – Age UK’s Latest Report

Find out all about Age UK’s new report on the state of social care titled “Why Can’t I Get Care?”. There are also some template posts to help spread the word on social media if you wish.

Age UK has today published a new report on the state of social care, seeking to answer the question Age UK is asked by many older people: “Why can’t I get care?”. Drawing on the experiences of older people, it looks at how social care is supposed to work and how it is actually working. Find out full details below, including some template posts to help spread the word on social media.

Severe shortages in staff and the lack of funding to pay for more or better services to provide care or respite provision have left a gaping hole in support, leading to the situation we have today. The “Why can’t I get care?” report shows that good care is possible and makes all the difference, and calls on the Government to invest both in social care and in the people who provide it.

Get involved!

We want to hear from you on how the challenges in the social care system are impacting older people and your services locally. Please get in touch via luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk if you would like to discuss this.

We will be launching a new campaign on social care soon and we look forward to working alongside you on this.

Spreading the word on Social Media

If you have time, please spread awareness about the new report by sharing online. You can use these suggested template Tweets and Facebook posts to promote the report if you wish:

Twitter:

Did you know 2.6 million older people aged 50+ in England have an unmet need for care?

Read Age UK’s new report on the challenges older people face accessing good social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

Or

Did you know 14,000 people each week are having their request for care turned down?

Age UK’s new report “Why Can’t I Get Care?” highlights the urgent need to improve social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

Facebook:

2.6 million people aged 50+ in England have an unmet care need and 14,000 people each week are having their request for care turned down. But good care is possible and makes all the difference.

Read Age UK’s latest report “Why Can’t I Get care?” to learn about the urgent need to improve social care: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/campaigns/care-in-crisis/why-cant-i-get-care-report.pdf

The State of I&A Report – July 2022

The July I&A Network Meeting captured attendees’ views on three key challenges facing I&A providers currently: demand, staffing, and funding. Read the full report and a report of Age UK’s response, below.

In July 2022, we trialled a new format for the regional I&A network meetings where we ran some polls to capture participants’ views on the three key areas we felt were most pressing in terms of I&A services at present: demand, staffing, and funding.

The discussion proved very successful, and we have written a report summarising our findings as well as a further report to summarise the Age UK response. Both of these reports are available on the loop here. You can find them in the attachments section on the right-hand side titled “State of I&A July 2022” and “September 2022 Response”.

We hope that you will find these reports to be useful. We have found this feedback to be incredibly helpful and we will continue running polls in future I&A meetings – although we may vary the topics that we choose.

If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic, then please get in touch with Chloe.longmore@ageuk.org.uk. If you are having any trouble logging into the loop, please email: theloop@ageuk.org.uk.

Five falls prevention resources to help older adults become more active

Access the five resources from The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group (NFPCG) have developed a suite of five resources intended to support individuals, health and care professionals, and commissioners to take action to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions during the pandemic.

The five resources have been developed in response to the recommendations listed in the Public Health England guidance 2021, Covid-19: Wider impacts on people aged 65 and over – this guidance provides an estimation of the impacts of Covid-19 on physical activity, deconditioning and falls in older adults and recommendations to mitigate these effects.

Accessing the Resources and Spreading the Word

Visit the British Geriatric Society website here to access and download a copy of the resources.

The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group would be grateful for any support you can provide to disseminate these resources to appropriate target audiences, particularly those from ‘hardly reached’ populations (the NHSEI Core20PLUS5 approach to reducing health inequalities may help to identify these populations); and to those across your wider networks.


Activity Alliance Release Third Annual Disability and Activity Survey Research Report

Activity Alliance has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. Find out full details below, including where you can download the full report.

The national charity and leading voice for disabled people in sport and activity, Activity Alliance, has released their findings from their latest Annual Disability and Activity Survey. It shows slow progress in engaging more disabled people as we continue to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Greater effort is needed now to tackle inequalities that affect disabled people, so that no one feels forgotten. Find out full details below.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Less than 3 in 10 disabled people feel encouraged to return to physical activity after the pandemic.
  • The pandemic has led to the support disabled people need to be active being less available, and an increase in barriers relating to health and finances.
  • Only 4 in 10 disabled people feel they can be as active as they want, in contrast to non-disabled people who are now more likely to say they can be as active as they want (62% to 69%).

Click here to find out about the key findings and download the survey and report in full. You can also access the report in several accessible communication formats on this page too.

This year, Activity Alliance have also created supporting videos for the recommendations from disabled people talking about their own lived experiences. You can watch these videos on this YouTube playlist.

Time is running out: sign Age International’s petition calling for older women’s rights today

There’s less than a week to go to sign Age International’s petition to include older women in the UK’s International Development Strategy.

With less than a week to go until the closing deadline, Age International is appealing for your help to get as many people as possible to sign its petition calling on the UK Government to support older women’s rights across the globe. With over 7,300 signatures, we are so close to reaching a government response to the petition and we’re asking you to share it and encourage as many people as possible to sign to ensure women around the world are given the support they need, and no woman is left behind. Find out full details below.

Age International is asking the UK Government to give more support to older women living in some of the world’s poorest countries. As part of this bid for gender equality our petition is calling on the Government to factor older women into the new International Development Strategy, which outlines the UK’s role in supporting economic, social and political improvement in low and middle-income countries over the next decade.

Our recent report, Older Women: the hidden workforce highlights the systemic failures many older women in the poorest countries face on a daily basis, which consistently undermine their efforts to survive and live with dignity.

It features in-depth interviews with older women and their communities in Malawi and Ethiopia, illuminating the multiple barriers many women face when accessing their rights – including to decent work and income security – due to ageism, sexism and power structures in their local communities and wider society

The report illustrates how globally, older women contribute critical paid and unpaid work. In low and middle-income countries, older women are supporting children, family and friends, yet due to the low status they hold in their communities their rights and needs are not recognised or met.

Chris Roles, Managing Director of Age International, says:

“Our report shows that families, communities and economies in some of the poorest countries are often held together by the relentless work so many older women are contributing. But due to gender inequality and discrimination, women in these countries are inadequately supported.

“We need the UK public to take action and support international women’s rights by signing our petition to urge the Government to do more to tackle gender inequality in older age. With the new International Development Strategy due, the petition calls on the Government to commit to explicitly recognise and include older women in its plans for global improvement.

“We are so close to reaching a Government response to the petition, but we still need as many people as possible to sign it to ensure that women in all their diversity around the world are given the support they need so that no woman is left behind.”

Chris Roles, Managing Director of Age International

Thank you with your support promoting the petition so far. The number of signatures achieved already shows the UK Government that the rights of older women around the world matter, and that the Government must not forget or overlook them when considering its plans and priorities for international work.

Physical Activity Research Report – “How to improve your services for women and girls: As told by the 51%”

This Girl Can and ukactive have released a joint research report into the barriers that women and girls face in taking part in physical activity.

This Girl Can and ukactive have joined forces to research the barriers that women and girls face in taking part in physical activity, and to translate these findings into actionable advice that the fitness and leisure sector can use going forwards. This advice, along with the insights behind them, can be found within the downloadable guide – “How to improve your services for women and girls: As told by the 51%.Click here for full details, including a download link for the guide.

New Age UK Research Report – Loneliness and Covid-19

Age UK’s new report, Loneliness and Covid-19, looks at the factors driving loneliness during the pandemic and makes recommendations for the Government on how best to tackle this.

Age UK’s latest research has found that around 1.4 million older people are expecting to feel lonely this Christmas. Our new report, Loneliness and Covid-19, looks at the factors driving their loneliness and makes recommendations to the Government on how best to tackle this. Click here to read the report. If you’d like to find out more about our loneliness influencing work please email Luke Pilot, Luke.Pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Partner Information Return: Data Report Published and Upcoming Event Scheduled

The full data report for the second quarterly Partner Information Return can be found below, along with details of an upcoming event to discuss the future of the PIR.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the second quarterly Partner Information Return (PIR). The full data report for this quarter can be found later in this article, along with details of the upcoming third quarterly PIR, and an event this December to discuss the future of the Partner Information Return.

The report on the data submitted for the Second Quarterly Partner Information Return can be accessed here.  If you have any questions on the report please contact localstatistics@ageuk.org.uk

The return for quarter 3, October 2021 to December 2021, will be released in January 2022.  We will be extending the completion window for this return until February 11th to allow additional time for completion following the Christmas and New Year period.

Event: Future of the Partner Information Return

We will be holding an event on 8th December, 10:00 – 11:00, to discuss the future plans for the Partner Information Return, and to discuss what data Partners feel would be helpful to include moving forward, and what would add value on a network wide level.

If you are interested in attending, please register for the event here.

New Age International Report on Older Women’s Right to Live and Work with Dignity

Age International has released a new report titled Older Women: The Hidden Workforce along with a petition to Include older women in the UK International Development Strategy.

Today (1 October) is the International Day for Older Persons, and Age International are launching a new report, Older women: the hidden workforce, which highlights the struggles facing many older women in low-income countries. With the report and a petition, Age International are putting pressure on the Government as it decides its priorities for its new UK International Development Strategy.

The report outlines the systemic failures affecting older women on a daily basis, which consistently undermine their efforts to survive and live with dignity. Current strategies do not adequately recognise the roles of older women across the globe, who carry out relentless paid and unpaid work with little or no choice, and often without support.

We have been listening to the voices of older women and the report includes the findings from our research in Ethiopia and Malawi. One of the women we spoke to, Galane, is 70 years old and lives in Ethiopia with her daughter and grandchildren. She does chores and prepares meals and is also involved in community activities including wedding ceremonies, funerals and visiting the sick.

Galane said:

“I don’t have education or skill to generate income and raise my daughters. That put me in a very difficult situation and forced me to pass through tremendous challenges. But all those challenges strengthen me and make me unbeatable and fearless woman.”

 “I am struggling with living costs which increase almost every day that put me in a very difficult situation.”

Chris Roles, Managing Director at Age International said:

“We need the UK Government to commit to do more in its new International Development Strategy to ensure these women, who are integral to the global economy, are truly recognised and valued in its programmes. We need as many people as possible to sign our petition to encourage the Government to help ensure older women around the world are treated with the respect they deserve and have a right to. The recommendations set out in our report demonstrate how policymakers can provide support and secure these women’s rights so they can choose how to spend their time and live with the dignity they deserve.”

Sign Age International’s petition for older women worldwide ahead of the launch of its new report

Age International is asking colleagues from across the Age UK Network to support a petition demanding the UK Government do more for older women in low and middle-income countries.

Older women around the world are underpaid and undervalued, even though they are vital to their families and communities. Ahead of the launch of its new report “Older Women: the hidden workforce”, Age International is asking colleagues from across the Age UK Network to support a petition demanding the UK Government do more for older women in low and middle-income countries. Before we launch the petition publicly on 1 October 2021, we would like to collect as many signatures as possible to show that this is an issue that matters and would be very grateful for your support.

Launching at the beginning of October, “Older Women: the hidden workforce” highlights the barriers older women face in low and middle-income countries to accessing their rights – including decent work and income security – due to ageism, sexism and power structures in their local communities and wider society.

At the same time, the UK Government is in the process of deciding a new International Development Strategy that will guide its work until 2030. Whilst the Government has recognised in the past the contributions and needs of older people and committed itself to including them in its international work, there is a risk that the new strategy will overlook older people, and fail to take into account how gender inequality continues and compounds in older age.

This is why we have launched a Parliamentary Petition asking the UK Government to include older women in its new International Development Strategy. We want to show the Government at this critical moment that there is public support for the Government to do more to help older people in low and middle-income countries and address the specific barriers older women experience.

If we get more than 10,000 signatures, the Government will formally respond to the petition. If we collect more than 100,000 the issue will be considered for debate in Parliament. This would be a milestone for Parliament’s and the UK Government’s recognition of the rights and needs of older women and men globally.

Before we launch the petition publicly on 1 October 2021, we would like to collect as many signatures as possible to show that this is an issue that matters.

Please share this petition with friends, family, colleagues and other organisations so we can demonstrate to the Government how much support there is for helping older people in poorer parts of the world. Thank you for your help.

You can read more about Age International’s work on older women’s rights on our website.