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.

New Physical Activity Hub Launched!

Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our Wordpress site to house all of the updates relating to physical activity and sport that appear in our e-newsletter Signpost.

We share a variety of communications with you via our e-newsletter Signpost. With that in mind, Age UK’s Health and Wellbeing Team have created a Physical Activity Hub on our WordPress site where all the Signpost updates relating to physical activity and sport can be stored, so that you can refer back to them quickly and easily in the future. Read on to find out more, or click here to visit the Physical Activity Hub. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

Our passionate physical activity professionals from across the organisation will use the Physical Activity Hub to house all the relevant physical activity resources, campaigns, funding opportunities, research, events that we share in Signpost to help Partners to keep up-to-date with all that is going on in this ever-growing sector.

Take a look at the physical activity hub below, to see the type of communications that are shared, or click here to sign up for Signpost if you don’t receive it already. You may also want to bookmark the Hub in your internet browser so that you can easily return to it in future. Please note, this Hub is for internal use only.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Barnham or Peter Dutton, Project Managers in the Wellbeing Department at Age UK.

We have set up several Hubs on our WordPress site so far which you may want to take a look at, including a Campaigns Hub, a Network Infrastructure Hub, and an ICS Hub. You can use the pink menu at the top of this page to explore them.

We plan to add more Hubs soon so that Partners can more easily locate news that has been shared in Signpost. If you have any questions or feedback on Partner Communications, including Signpost, the loop, or the WordPress site please get in touch at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Event – 8th June 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which will focus on the Health and Care Bill. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 8th June from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The NHS was set up as a single organisation in 1948 – numerous bureaucracies, but one organisation, one family. From 1990, collaboration was stopped and competition began.

We now have an Act of Parliament, the Health and Care Bill which has received Royal Assent, enacting the most significant health legislation in a decade into law. Integrated systems were deemed essential, with their four purposes outlined:

  1. Improving population health and healthcare;
  2. Tackling unequal outcomes and access;
  3. Enhancing productivity and value for money; and
  4. Helping the NHS to support broader social and economic development.

This marks a milestone in the recovery and reform of how health and care services work together. The Live Longer Better programme was designed on these principles, recognising that activity: physical, cognitive and emotional, is an essential part of population health management and MUST be integral to improving community health and longevity.

This Live Longer Better National Event takes a consultative approach with National Clinical Directors.

Register for this event to find out their barriers and hurdles, understand how physical activity can help them quantify the benefits of overcoming these problems and support delivery on their key objectives.

Our LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 2,000 delegates have attended our last 7 events with cross sector representation. Delegates confirmed that the events “fully met their expectations”.

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.

Upcoming Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event – 23rd March 2022

All Age UKs are invited to attend the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership National Event on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00-11:30.

All Age UKs are invited to join the next Live Longer Better Thought Leadership Event which is titled “The Longevity Revolution”. The webinar takes place on Wednesday 23rd March from 10:00 – 11:30. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place.

The number of older people is increasing, both in absolute terms and relative to the numbers of young people. This is often portrayed as a major problem but our understanding of the science of what is happening to us as we live longer is getting clearer, and the evidence about what can be done to prevent, delay, slow or even reverse conditions such as frailty, dementia and dependence is getting stronger.

Live Longer Better aim to:

  • Refocus the lens on population ageing to healthy longevity
  • Focus on reconditioning rather than deconditioning
  • Prescribe activity with, and sometimes instead of, drug prescriptions
  • Recognise that physical activity professionals are agents of change as catalysts for action within complex systems.

Expert Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Sir Muir Gray                               
  • Jamie Blackshaw (Office for Health Improvement and Disparities)
  • Anant Jani (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Jenni Jones (National University of Ireland)
  • Dr Marlize de Vivo (Active Medicine)
  • Lisa Wood (Active Partnership – Wesport)

We look forward to sharing some excellent presentations from speakers around the Live Longer Better work, inspired by Sir Muir Gray in collaboration with Active Partnerships.

The LLB National Events have proved extremely popular – over 1,800 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.

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.

Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd wave research webinar recording & fact sheet

Age UK’s Health Influencing Team have shared the recording of their recent webinar which covered the third wave of their research into the impact of Covid-19 on older people.

The Health Influencing team was pleased to see so many local partners join us at our “Impact of Covid-19 on Older People 3rd Wave Research” webinar last Tuesday. For all those who were unable to attend on the day or would like to share it with colleagues, please find a link to the webinar recording below. We have also attached a copy of the slides from the session and a document with some detailed results from the representative polling. Please note that the results from our research have not been published yet by Age UK, so we request that these are only used for bids and presentations to aide local health and care system influencing, not local media or for open publication.

We mentioned in the webinar that the Health Influencing team will be looking to carry out future research in this area. We would, therefore, welcome any feedback on the research and would value hearing from local partners about any ideas for future research topics or questions that would be beneficial to have insight on. We would also welcome hearing any successes or positive use of our research stats or presentation. Please get in touch with us at HealthInfluencing@ageuk.org.uk.

Access the slides and polling stats:

View the 1st and 2nd waves of research:

View the Webinar Recording:

You can share the recording with this link, or watch it below:

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.

Health Influencing Webinar: ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights & Findings’

The next Health Influencing webinar will take place on Tuesday 18th January. This meeting will look at the impact of Covid-19 on older people, following the latest round of research.

The Health Influencing Team would like to invite the Age UK Network to an ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Older People – 3rd Wave Research Insights and Findings’ webinar being hosted on Tuesday 18th January at 10am-11.30am. The webinar will be an opportunity to hear all about the insights gathered from our latest round of research (the third in its series) on the impact of Covid-19 and how this has affected older people. Read on to find out more about the webinar, or email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk to book your place.

The webinar will discuss findings from polling and survey results that were carried out in September 2021 and will cover a range of topics including: the impact of Covid on NHS services, physical and mental health, care support, providing care, loneliness, relationships, and general reflections on the pandemic. The webinar and research will allow us to share the voices of older people and help inform the network about some of the latest struggles and barriers being faced by older people.

If you would like to attend, please email healthinfluencing@ageuk.org.uk and we will add you to the event. Thank you!

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.

New Dementia Research Project by the Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation are seeking examples of good practice for their new research into supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with dementia.

The Race Equality Foundation is undertaking a project researching the topic: ‘effective reablement: identifying and promoting good practice in reablement with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with dementia to address health inequalities’. They are looking for some good practice examples that could help to paint a picture of how intermediate care/ reablement services are being offered to, and work for, people with dementia. Find out more about the project, including how you can get involved, below.

Recently, there has been an increasing interest and focus on reablement services which aim to maximise people’s independence and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, including in the forthcoming Dementia strategy. However, there is a lack of evidence on access to, and acceptability of, these services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living with Dementia.

Good Practice Callout

The Race Equality Foundation are, therefore, looking to pull together some good practice examples that help to paint a picture of how intermediate care/ reablement services are being offered to and work for people with dementia (even if these services are not BAME specific).

If you think you may have some useful examples or evidence to help support this work then please contact health.influencing@ageuk.org.uk. Thank you!